NCDs (cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes) make the largest contribution to mortality both globally and in the majority of low- and middle- income countries. By the dawn of the third millennium, non communicable diseases are sweeping the entire globe, with an increasing trend in developing countries where, the transition imposes more constraints to deal with... the double burden of infective and non-infective diseases in a poor environment characterised by ill-health systems. By 2020, it is predicted that these diseases will be causing seven out of every 10 deaths in developing countries. Many of the non communicable diseases can be prevented by tackling associated risk factors.NCDs account for over 60% of all global deaths. Considering the consequential morbidity and mortality, an action group to deal with the following issues is highly crucial.
1. Public education on NCDs, including prevention and management. (Including websites, SMS alerts, journals, victim/case reports, magazines, talks, schools, churches, media, and other social gatherings, among others).
2. Screening of NCDs in developing countries (Free medical camps on NCDs allover Kenya)
3. Conferences and forums to discuss and share globally agreed approaches to NCD treatment and care, delivering global NCD interventions and ensuring Tobacco Control.
4. Raising resources to carry out these various activities.
5. Partnering with other NCD action groups. Such as NCD Alliance (the International Diabetes Federation, World Heart Federation, the Union for International Cancer Control and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
6. African Journal of NCDs
Prominent causes for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and pulmonary diseases can be prevented but urgent (preventive) actions are needed and efficient strategies should deal seriously with risk factors like smoking, alcohol, physical inactivity and western diet. To implement these, we have a number of phases. These include registration of the organization. We would then embark on public education. Our immediate plans are a website, SMS alerts, and preparing for the Non Communicable diseases day in conjunction with IFMSA.
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If you would like to assist in NCDK. Please send your ideas to me. I would like a committee of around 10 LIKE MINDED people to assist in the implementation of these crucial issues.
'The email for the NCD Kenya University Students is: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be replied within 48 hours'.
Duncan Matheka 2011