Kenyans can now access information on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) directly from their mobile phones.
This follows the launch of an SMS and USSD service called Fafanuka which is Swahili for ‘to be enlightened’.
The Fafanuka platform which is powered by Safaricom in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance of Kenya (NCDAK) aims to address the information gap on the prevention, management and care of non-communicable diseases. The content has been developed in partnership with various organisations who are part of NCDAK including Kenya Cardiac Society (KCS), Kenya Network of Cancer Organisations (KENCO), Kenya Welfare of People with Epilepsy (KAWE), African Institute For Health and Development (AIHD), and the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre (DMI).
According to the World Health Organisation, non-communicable diseases (NCD) contribute to over 55 per cent of inpatient cases in Kenya and 40 per cent of hospital deaths.