Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance Kenya

The Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance Kenya (NCDAK) emerged out of the need to comprehensively and sustainably address the rising prevalence of NCDs in Kenya.

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

In 2011, the United Nations passed a Political Declaration on NCDs mandating the World Health Organisation (WHO) to draw a Global NCD Action Plan with the goal of preventing and reducing the burden of chronic illness and death due to NCDs. To that effect, member states are required to report biennially on their progresses in implementing a set of indicators and targets by 2025.

WHO has prioritised four (4) main NCDs which share four (4) common risk factors.
These diseases are:

1. Cardiovascular diseases
2. Diabetes mellitus
3. Cancers
4. Chronic lung diseases

The risk factors are:

1. Inappropriate diet with excessive food additives including salt
2. Lack of adequate physical activity
3. Tobacco use
4. Harmful use of alcohol

In Africa and Kenya specifically, other NCDs of importance have also been added to the list.

These are:

1. Stroke
2. Rheumatic heart disease
3. Eye disease
4. Sickle cell disease
5. Mental health
6. Accidents and injuries
7. Musculoskeletal diseases

There is a close link between some communicable diseases, e.g. Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS and NCDs.

We are all affected

Recent survey shows that 1 in 5 urban Kenyan adults are unaware of their hypertensive state, while in the informal settlements, it’s a shocking 80% of the newly diagnosed.

In 2012, NCDs accounted for more than 50% of hospital admissions and over 55% of hospital deaths in Kenya (HMIS 2012). These figures are projected to rise by 2030.

A united front

NCDAK provides a framework within which the different actors plan act together and ensure that Kenyans enjoy good quality of life free of NCDs and their adverse effects.

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