Welcome to the March 2018 issue of Access Today, a monthly email newsletter from Access Accelerated with news and updates on the global fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
NCDs will represent the largest share of the total disease burden in all countries—irrespective of income level—by 2030. And with NCDs accounting for 27 percent of deaths suffered by people between the ages of 30 and 70 years (equivalent to almost 370,000 people per year), Kenya is no exception.
To explore new solutions, the Kenya Ministry of Health, World Bank Group, AMPATH and Access Accelerated launched the first NCD county pilots at an event in Naivasha, Kenya last week. The pilots will integrate NCD services into primary healthcare in two Kenyan counties: Busia and Trans Nzoia.
Our “Building Solutions to Patient Challenges in Non-Communicable Diseases” event concluded after a second day of elevating patient voices to enable them to define their own needs for NCD prevention, treatment and care, while challenging all to avoid quick-fix, standalone solutions. Today focused specifically on how to invest in sustainable long-term solutions and bring sectors together to have a greater collective impact.
More than 275 people attended the convening from civil society, government, industry and patient advocacy groups.