Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance Kenya

The Non-communicable Diseases Alliance of Kenya (NCDAK) is a duly registered NGO under section 10 of the NGOs Coordination Act, 1990 registered in 2012 bearing registration number OP.218/051/12-0125/8213. It seeks to comprehensively and sustainably address the rising prevalence of NCDs in the country and other parts of the world by acting as a coordinating and strengthening body for comprehensive and synergistic national action on NCDs. NCDAK responds to the Global call by the NCD Alliance for individuals, associations, professional bodies and institutions to form a consortium to address NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, cancers and chronic lung diseases, sickle cell, epilepsy, mental health among others.

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviours factors.

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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.

Achievements

  • Has closely worked with MOH NCD Division
  • Has provided technical support to various teams representing Kenya in Global Health promotion
  • To-date NCDAK has supported the creation of a national movement of stakeholders including PLWNCDs support groups
  • Through funding from Parliamentary Initiative Network (PIN), hosted the Parliamentary briefing on effective engagement of legislators in NCD action – facilitated some improvement in funding allocation by Treasury to support the NCD Division of the MOH
  • With funding from World Heart Federation (WHF), we hosted the first consultative forum on Mainstreaming Rheumatic Heart Disease in Healthcare Services in Kenya
  • MOH and NCDAK are working closely to launch the NCD Inter-sectoral Coordinating Committee (ICC)
  • Launched the campaign “Small Steps Big Win” in 2015 with the aim of of raising public awareness on the increasing prevalence and burden of NCDs in the country
  • In 2017, partnered with Safaris Ltd. to develop FAFANUKA, a mobile platform that hosts facts on NCDs

2018:

Launch of the EA NCD Charter in Kigali
Hosted a multi-stakeholders workshop in Nairobi which brought together bio-pharmaceuticals and PLWNCDs on ensuring easy and affordable drug access
Lobbied for Global NCD Alliance to support 3 PLWNCDs and 2 NCDAK staff to attend an advocacy and communication training in Geneva
Possible future collaboration with the County First Lady Association through capacity building and knowledge dissemination
Conceptualized concept bills on alcohol amendment on advertising and Sugar tax on SSBs after a meeting with the Senate Health Committee May

2017:

Convened a regional conference on NCD prevention and care in Kigali
Assessments and capture of thoughts and views in various counties in Kenya and report on findings through “Our Views Our Voices” Project in April
Participated in the 2nd Global NCD forum in Sharjah on advocacy for PLWNCDs
Awarded a 5-year licence by Communications Authority of Kenya to develop “Fafanuka”, a mobile-based platform on NCDs
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