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Building capacity for non-communicable disease (NCD) care by integrating services with antiretroviral therapy (ART) programs in Malawi

Researchers assessed the availability of integrated non-communicable disease (NCD) care with existing antiretroviral therapy (ART) programs in 5 hospitals and 25 health centers in rural northern Malawi. Hypertension and diabetic care were used as proxies for NCD care.

 

All hospitals and 80% of health centres had at least one blood pressure machine, however only about 1 in 3 health centres had at least one glucometer, compared to 80% of hospitals. Integrated NCD and ART care was more common at health centres but hospitals were better equipped with at least one clinician trained in NCD care compared to health centres (60% and 5%, respectively). Interrupted supply of medicines, specifically diabetic treatment, was an issue across all health facilities. Read more here.

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