UM Infectious Diseases Essay


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The paper should be written in a very clear and very crisp manner, with short sentences, short paragraphs, and as few words as possible.

The paper should answer the following questions:

  • What is the nature and magnitude of the problem?
  • Who is affected by it?
  • What are the risk factors for the problem?
  • What are the health, economic, and social consequences of the problem?
  • What few priority steps do you recommend be taken to address the problem, at least cost, and what is your rationale for these recommendations?

Write the summary and every topic sentence as if it is the only thing that the Minister of Finance is going to read. Your evidence-based story line should include who gets the disease, why they get it, why I should care, and how the problem can be addressed in the fastest and least cost manner. When you make your argument, give information about the relative cost-effectiveness of your proposal with evidence. 

The briefing note should follow the above outline, with one exception. It should start with a single paragraph that summarizes for the Minister all of the points you want to make. That summary paragraph would read something like 5-6 sentences single space:

The country or the topic will be (Saudi Arabia) and do the following answering the questions above, the burden of either a particular infectious disease OR a group of the most important infectious diseases OR a particular non-communicable disease OR group of non-communicable disease