Working in partnership to develop sustainable non-Communicable disease services in ethiopia
To date, the global health community has focused primarily on the eradication of infectious diseases like malaria and improving maternal and child health. As a result, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases have been neglected. This has had a devastating impact on health. NCDs kill now 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally.
In Ethiopia, NCDs are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly among the rural population. The resulting morbidity and mortality burden is high, with 43.5% of all deaths due to NCDs and their complications.
We are facing a crisis. Without change, patients will continue to lose their lives to preventable and treatable conditions.
The Covid-19 pandemic strengthens our conviction and determination; we must redouble our efforts to best support health workers on the frontlines. We have launched a Covid-19 preparedness and response project which aims to build the capacity of Expert Trainers in Jimma and Gondar to appropriately respond to Covid-19 patients with NCDs, while incorporating Gender Equality and Social Inclusion elements. For more information on our current projects, please click here.
GP, Ras Desta Damtew Hospital
"I think that decentralising care through NCD training is a good way to extend healthcare to the community. Health extension workers and health officers can provide a remedy for the communities that cannot access a physician."
Health Extension Worker, Addis Ababa
"There are 20 HEWs in this catchment area and each one is responsible for around 500 households. We cover the four main NCDs prevalent in this area: hypertension, epilepsy, asthma and diabetes."
Public Health Officer,
Nefas Silk Lafto Health Centre
"Before the training there was no chronic NCD department at this centre; hypertension and diabetes were always treated elsewhere. There is now a separate chronic department."
We decentralise NCD care from hospital level to health centre level in order to improve access to NCD diagnosis and treatment.
Meet some of the health workers involved in our projects and the NCD patients who have benefitted from our work.