Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are non-infectious illnesses that can be chronic such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. These diseases cause disability and death, and are rising across the African continent, with an estimated 28 million additional NCD deaths by 2030.
Prevention and control of NCDs is conventionally achieved through awareness of disease and risk factors, lifestyle and behaviour modification (healthful diet, increased physical activity, reduced alcohol and tobacco consumption), biomedical treatment, but also requires population-level policy that effectively integrates NCD health promotion and medical intervention into local healthcare services and systems.
In a new series titled ‘Non-communicable disease (NCDs) and Health in all Sectors’, Engage Africa Foundation will be interviewing a variety of professionals to spark discussion about representation of NCD and health across diverse fields and to explore opportunities for improved visibility, prevention and control at these nexuses - with an African lens in mind.
Please read some of the amazing interviews here: