On May 22-31, some of YP-CDN's global team members were at the 70th World Health Assembly (#WHA70) in Geneva, Switzerland! On the WHA agenda of health challenges and responses to review were the global NCD policy process at the UN, shortage of medicines and vaccines, a resolution on cancer, progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and more.
Reflections on the 2017 NextGen Leaders Workshop: "Towards the 2018 UN High Level meeting--How can we hold our governments accountable?"
Picture: Team Kenya presenting their evaluations of health systems readiness on NCDs at the May 2017 NextGen Leaders workshop in Kigali
Citizens and populations in a country ought to hold their governments accountable to their commitments and promises. Through accountability, we can make significant progress. It is only fair that we, as the public who pays taxes, see the money and resources used effectively and efficiently. So then, how can we hold our governments accountable?
Insight from Ethiopian hypertensive population
Hypertension damages major organs of the body which makes it deadly. A recent cohort study on Ethiopian hypertension patients reported that target organ damage was more prevalent (40.3%) in those groups of patients. Non-adherence to clinical practice guidelines was found to be correlated with the incidence of target organ damages, especially in patients with long standing hypertension. Appropriate management of hypertension and modification of triggering factors are to be seriously addressed to prevent complications.
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On Wednesday May 17th, 2017, we organized a HYPERTENSION AWARENESS DRIVE at Makerere University Freedom Square with the theme "KNOW YOUR NUMBERS". This event was aimed at promoting public awareness of the risks and prevention and was open to the student community of Makerere University aged 15-35.