On the 12th of august the non-communicable diseases alliance of Kenya through its network of people living with NCDs hosted a virtual media briefing to communicate key asks to the government for people living with NCDs. Stowelink joined the media briefing to show solidarity and support and amplify the voices of people living with NCDs especially the young people. The following were key ASKS in the media brief.
We ask the Government to build a resilient supply chain of essential NCD medicines and commodities; ensure their availability, affordability, and accessibility at primary health facilities; and support access by PLWNCDs who cannot physically visit pharmacies or hospitals.
▪ We ask the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour and Social Protection through the National Emergency Response Committee to include PLWNCDs among the vulnerable population eligible for the COVID-19 kitty and social protection benefits and clarify the criteria for selection of COVID-19 kitty beneficiaries.
▪ We request clear guidelines on how PLWNCDs can safely attend the re-opened clinics across all levels of the health facilities in Kenya. The use of telemedicine for continued care and management at public and private facilities should be embraced. The Government should also facilitate emergency transport for vulnerable PLWNCDs who must access healthcare in a hospital e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or dialysis patients.
▪ We ask the Government to ensure continuous education of healthcare providers on triaging and best practices for management of NCD related emergencies and respond to PLWNCDs as a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
to get the full brief visit NCDAK website
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