Faces of NCDs
“We envision a future where no one dies prematurely from treatable, preventable NCDs.”
According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases—or NCDs—kill 41 million people each year, 15 million of whom are between the ages of 30 and 69. This burden is most keenly felt in low- and middle-income countries where more than 85 percent of these “premature” deaths occur. Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths annually (17.9 million), followed by cancers (9 million), respiratory diseases (3.9 million) and diabetes (1.6 million).
That is why we created Access Accelerated, an initiative that brings together more than 20 biopharmaceutical companies to tackle the growing burden of NCDs in low and middle-income countries. By collaborating with partners, we co-create scalable and sustainable solutions to improve people’s health.
The 24 member companies of Access Accelerated are united in our shared commitment to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by identifying and breaking down barriers to prevention, treatment and care. One way we do this is by scaling up our company efforts.
Our Work in Kenya
Kenya is the first Access Accelerated focus country. Together with the Ministry of Health and a full range of stakeholders, we are addressing NCDs in a way that is aligned with national priorities and elevates patient voices.
The Faces of NCDs exhibit is designed to introduce you to the people who are working every day to improve access to care in Kenya. The people you will meet represent the patients, government leaders and healthcare providers who play critical roles in expanding healthcare and fighting the toll of NCDs.
Dr. Eva Njenga
" It doesn’t really matter what we say or do if we don’t involve the people we are discussing at the table. "
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" When there is willingness and collaboration at the policy level and when businesses come together, we as health workers must also come together. "
Read more about Dr. Joseph Kibachio
Dr. Joseph Kibachio
Dr. Edward Omete
" It is one thing to provide the access but if there is no opportunity for transparency then there is a shadow of doubt towards sustaining the continuum of the care. "
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" You have to be in a specific mind frame to view yourself beyond the patient to see the problems other patients such as yourself experience. "
Read more about Lea Kilenga