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We help shape global and local policy, develop leaders, and catalyze change to improve access to essential treatment for and prevention of chronic diseases among the world's poorest.

From boardrooms to city streets, we combine diverse technical expertise and grassroots advocacy inspired by the AIDS movement.

 

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Adequate Cancer Pain Management for a better quality of life of cancer patients

In the next issue of pain research and management journal (In press), the YP-CDN members of Ethiopia (Gondar Chapter), Eyob Alemayehu and Henok Getachew have done a preliminary assessment of pain management adequacy and pain interference in the quality of life of patients living with cancer who visited Oncology Unit, Gondar University Hospital. We know that Cancer is one of the non communicable diseases (NCDs) becoming an increasing public health burden for Ethiopia. Pain is among the most common of symptoms in patients with cancer. Hence, we aimed to assess cancer pain prevalence, cancer pain interference, and adequacy of cancer pain treatment in the oncology ward of an Ethiopian teaching hospital. Of 83 patients, total of 76 (91.6%) cancer patients experienced pain with varying degree of severity, and 7(8.4%) patients experienced severe pain. Of the 76 cancer patients with pain, 68(89.2%) experienced pain interference with their daily activities. Fifty four (65%) patients were receiving inadequate cancer pain treatment with negative Pain Management Index. Therefore, availability of analgesics, pain assessment and management guideline and quality service should be assured to improve the quality of life of cancer patients.

For more information on this upcoming article, check the link below  

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/prm/aip/5698640/ 

Adequate Cancer Pain Management for a better quality of life of cancer patients
Adequate Cancer Pain Management for a better quality of life of cancer patients

A New Kind of Normal

It’s everyone’s nightmare to get diagnosed with a chronic illness, be it diabetes, a type of cancer, heart disease, cystic fibrosis or Alzheimer’s disease.

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A New Kind of Normal
A New Kind of Normal

Applications Now Open: NextGen Leaders for NCDs in East Africa

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Join us to develop your advocacy, policy and leadership skills, network with like-minded young leaders and potential mentors, and contribute meaningfully to the global noncommunicable diseases movement!

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Applications Now Open: NextGen Leaders for NCDs in East Africa
Applications Now Open: NextGen Leaders for NCDs in East Africa

Hearts to Hearts

“I think... if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” ― Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina

A start of clinical years in Medical school presents with mixed feelings. There is the excitement that comes from finally tying book-knowledge with the patient’s symptomatic presentation which is the cutting edge that gradually defines your carrier, then there is the reality of the thin margin that exists between life and death. The magnitude of the latter drove health sciences students that are  members of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network to undertake the initiative of advocating against Rheumatic Heart Disease, a disease that can be easily prevented but is a killer disease in the most developing countries  yet one that be easily prevented.

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Hearts to Hearts
Hearts to Hearts

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