HelpAge International and Pfizer are launched a two-year program to reduce the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among older people in Tanzania. The program supports the Government of Tanzania's efforts to provide appropriate health services to older people. Non-communicable diseases include a range of chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, as well as Alzheimer's and other dementias. They are commonly thought of as "diseases of affluence". But in reality, four-fifths of deaths from NCDs are in low- and middle-income countries and older people in developing countries are particularly at risk.
The project is piloting a range of community based activities aimed at promoting prevention and management of NCDs by practicing healthy life styles, while working with health providers at local and national levels to improve prevention, early diagnosis, follow-up and treatment of NCDs as well as improving on data collection and analysis to inform appropriate policies. While the community based activities are carried out in Morogoro, Kibaha and Songea districts in collaboration with organizations of older people, the curriculum reform and support to improve health information management will be undertaken together with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare at various levels.
Both HelpAge and Pfizer are committed to the success of this program and are calling for a wider collaboration and support by all concerned as prevention through active and healthy life style can turn some of the debilitating diseases into manageable conditions.
|Location||Tanzania, Eastern Africa|