Who We Are
We are here not for income, but for outcome
Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance in Kenya (NCDAK) emerged out of the need to comprehensively and sustainably address the rising prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Kenya. In 2011, the United Nations passed a Political Declaration on NCDs mandating the World Health Organization (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.
Shared Risk Factors
The World Health Organization (WHO) has prioritized four main NCDs, which share four common risk factors. The diseases are cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, cancers and chronic lung diseases although in Africa and Kenya specifically, other NCDs of importance have been added to the list: stroke; rheumatic heart disease; eye disease; sickle cell disease; mental health; accidents and injuries; and musculoskeletal diseases. The four common risk factors are inappropriate diet with excessive food additives including salt, lack of Adequate physical activity, tobacco use, and harmful use of alcohol. Furthermore, 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 is a shocking 80% of newly diagnosed.
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.
Kenyans on the Move
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.
None of our much-needed work would be possible without your kind support, so please, make a donation now.
Are you a Volunteer
If you’re passionate about making sure that people know about NCDs, why not get involved and help us to raise awareness of our work through events, or risk assessments?
Looking for Support
Dealing with NCDs can be hard: it’s often helpful to meet people who have been through similar situations. They can offer understanding, help and support at an important time.