Naya Blog

10May

NCD advocacy

ADVOCACY, LEGAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND POLITICAL COMMITMENT KEY IN NCD FIGHT

NCD advocacy

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Increased advocacy, communication and social resource mobilization will facilitate reduction of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Civil society organizations must bring together the relevant stakeholders; Ministry of Health, Devolution Ministry, and Ministry of Finance in planning ways to allocate resources, train medical staff and create awareness on prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Awareness on NCDs must be prioritized especially in the communities with low resource settings and where the number of health facilities is of particular concern.

Written by John Q. Public, Posted in Naya Blog

09May

25 by 25 NCD target

ACHIEVING 25 BY 25 NCD TARGET REQUIRES REGION SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS

25 by 25 NCD target

ACHIEVING 25 BY 25 NCD TARGET REQUIRES REGION SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS

BY DANIEL OTIENO

In 2012, all United Nations member countries committed to achieving a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025 -- the 25 BY 25 TARGET.

Countries would achieve this by ensuring 50% of eligible people are receiving drug therapy and counseling to prevent heart attack and stroke; and that 80% of essential medicines and basic technologies are available for treatment of cardiovascular diseases and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

In 2011, the World Economic Forum (WEF) reported that unless effective strategies are put in place to address non-communicable diseases, the combined global economic impact of cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, and mental health will be more than $47 trillion dollars over the next 20 years.

Many economies are already feeling the devastating effects of non-communicable diseases. Accounting for an alarming rate of 50% of hospital admissions and 55% hospital deaths in Kenya, non-communicable diseases are responsible for diversion of health resources, lowered productivity, reduced school enrollment and increased poverty.

Through its strategic plan and the efforts of advocacy organizations, Kenya has taken notable efforts to reduce the impact of non-communicable diseases at national and county level. This includes ensuring that costed implementation plan for NCDs and including NCD components in the Kenya National School Health Policy by 2020. Achieving these tasks however will require interventions that are in line with country and region specific priorities and disease burden. That is, activities we put in place must be within the local context.

Addressing non-communicable diseases in Africa differs from addressing non-communicable diseases in Europe due to differences in health care systems and country commitment to fight non-communicable diseases. Achieving the 25 by 25 target will also require engaging various stakeholders including government and academic institutions to increase awareness and focus on policy and funding for prevention and control of NCDs.

Non-communicable diseases cut across all age brackets, thus interventions must address the specific needs of target groups ranging from eating habits and physical inactivity among young people to harmful alcohol abuse among the elderly

DANIEL OTIENO

NETWORK FOR ADOLESCENT AND YOUTH OF AFRICA, NAYA KENYA

NAIROBI

Written by John Q. Public, Posted in Naya Blog

07May

Gender parities in NCD prevention

GENDER SPECIFIC RESPONSE WILL EASE NCD BURDEN IN WOMEN

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are responsible for the death of two in every three women. These include heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. Gender bias in treatment of non-communicable diseases ranges from myths at community level to policy implementation at regional and International level.

For example, perceptions that NCDs among women are a problem only in high-income countries; and that cardiovascular disease are diseases of men; prevent service accessibility to women. At policy level, the targets and indicators aimed at reducing mortality associated with non-communicable diseases are not gender specific, implying there is gender that has been left out in the fight against NCD.

Gender parities in NCD prevention

Written by Jane Q. Public, Posted in Naya Blog

11April

School health policy-Kenya

IT IS TIME WE ADDRESSED GAPS HINDERING REALIZATION OF SCHOOL HEALTH POLICY

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“Let’s wait until the girl becomes pregnant, then we will give her the skills she needs.’’

These were the words of a community member in reaction to provision of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) to the youth.

Negative community perceptions, limited knowledge on the importance of sexuality education, the fact that CSE is not examinable subject in learning institutions and limited knowledge among parents promotes unintended pregnancy, cases of sexual violence as well as sexually transmitted infections.

School health policy-Kenya

Written by Jane Q. Public, Posted in Naya Blog

11April

Role of MCAs in NCD prevention_

ROLE OF MCAs CRITICAL IN PREVENTION OF NCDs IN COUNTIES

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The fact that provision of health services is a devolved function in Kenya makes it easy, through political commitment, for sustainable development goals to be realized.

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) significantly contribute to preventing realization of sustainable development goals. However members of county assemblies (MCAs) can play an important role in championing the prevention of NCDs.

First, MCAs should be in the front line in passing bills that allocate more resources towards prevention of non-communicable diseases in the counties. This allocation will enable the recruitment of specialized personnel in the county health facilities as well financing the required drugs.

Role of MCAs in NCD prevention_

Written by Jane Q. Public, Posted in Naya Blog