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Chronic diseases comprise a large and rising burden in Palestine and account for a large proportion of all deaths in the population. In a 2006 article, Chronic Diseases in Palestine: The Rising Tide, Dr. Hani Abdeen projected a sharp escalation of chronic disease burden over the next 20 years. Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, tobacco-related cancer, hypertension, and dyslipidemia are among the highly prevalent diseases in Palestinian society that are inadequately detected and treated.
CCGHE has partnered with America Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) and Al-Quds University to develop and deploy two interactive, comprehensive distance learning general medicine training courses, one for Hospital Specialists and one for Family Practitioners. CCGHE currently provides open access to materials from both courses, expanding the impact to a global audience.