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.
STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY, CONDEMNATION AND ACTION
We have observed with dismay the conflict which began on 4th November 2020. Human rights atrocities and violence have left millions facing near famine conditions, in need of food, water, shelter and access to healthcare. Non-communicable disease services have been disrupted, risking loss of life to preventable and treatable conditions, but we remain committed to prioritising NCD care now and in the uncertain future. We have redoubled our efforts to support health workers at the forefront of healthcare delivery, building their capacity to respond to the needs of people living with NCDs.
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."