Travel for Charity Tanzania fights against non communicable Diseases
A non-communicable disease (NCD) is a disease that is not transmissible directly from one person to another. NCDs include Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune diseases, strokes, most heart diseases, most cancers, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, and others.
Non communicable diseases are the leading cause of death in the world — and the threat is rising.
Also known as chronic diseases, NCDs such as heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes are already responsible for around 70% of deaths each year.
New evidence also suggests that countries with higher burdens of NCDs also had higher COVID-19 death rates — a trend that will only make the world more vulnerable to future pandemics as NCD rates increase.
Tobacco, physical inactivity, alcohol, unhealthy diet, and air pollution all heighten the risk of dying from a non communicable disease. These risk factors also worsen mental health issues.
People of all ages are affected by the crisis. More than one-third of NCD deaths are premature, in people between ages 30 and 69, and most occur in low- and middle-income countries, where health education is less common and quality treatment and care can be harder to find.
This is where Travel for Charity Tanzania helps train health workers and expand community support. We’ve worked closely with local health workers and patients young and old to address the growing risks of diabetes, hypertension, and respiratory disease.
Travel for Charity Tanzania helps communities prevent, detect, manage, and treat NCDs by working closely with health workers, patients, and at-risk populations around the world. Our programs are tailored to meet country-specific needs and include approaches that focus on:
We have implemented successful NCD programs in Tanzania to different regions like Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, Morogoro, Tanga and Manyara.
Arusha has the highest numbers of deaths from stroke and heart disease, we’re helping adults in Maasai Villages get screened for hypertension and then get access to treatment to help gain control over their condition in order to reduce complications and improve quality of life.
In Dar Es Salaam, where diabetes has been declared a national emergency, we’re empowering young people to live healthier lifestyles, while simultaneously bolstering the health services available to support them. We’re also strengthening the implementation of — and advocating for — policies and laws that help individuals make healthier choices.
In Zanzibar, we’re helping people living with diabetes learn to better manage their health and strengthening the health system’s ability to stay strong through disaster.
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