Stowelink’s mission to reduce the negative impact and vulnerability of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) among young people is being achieved through various initiatives. One of such initiatives is the NCDs and Climate change project, which seeks to build the capacity of young people in under-resourced communities to mitigate NCD vulnerability and its impact through healthy diet, physical activities, and climate change education while leveraging technology and innovation.
On 26th January 2023, Stowelink held a training for the first five groups of project beneficiaries at Githurai Social Hall. The beneficiaries were taken through a rigorous training session on climate change and NCDs. The training aimed to improve their understanding of climate change, add depth to their knowledge of NCDs, and draw a clear nexus between climate change and NCDs.
Stowelink’s field officers, Oduor Kevin and Naila Chebet, took turns to ensure the training objectives were met and beneficiaries’ questions were sufficiently answered. The trainees were also given a set of questions to test their knowledge retention. These questions focused on the five major NCDs according to the World Health Organization, the corresponding risk factors for NCDs, climate change and what it means, how climate change exacerbates NCDs prevalence, and actions to combat climate change and reduce NCDs burden.
The beneficiaries showed a marked improvement in their knowledge of NCDs and climate change, and they were able to train others in their communities using the module provided. Stowelink’s assessment revealed that the training was a success, and the beneficiaries’ knowledge was significantly enhanced.
The project beneficiaries were encouraged to use the module to train others in their communities. By empowering the first five groups of project beneficiaries, Stowelink hopes to create a ripple effect that will increase awareness and knowledge of NCDs and climate change in under-resourced communities.
The NCDs and Climate change project is guided by three specific objectives: to build the capacity of young people to mitigate NCD vulnerability and its impact through healthy diets, physical activities, and climate change; to engage stakeholders such as communities and MOH actively throughout the process to embrace production and consumption of locally produced as alternatives to fast/ processed foods and red meat; and to effectively coordinate with other donors and implementers across NCDs implementation to optimize investments.
Stowelink is committed to achieving these objectives and creating a sustainable impact on NCDs and climate change in under-resourced communities. Stay tuned for more updates on the NCDs and Climate change project.