STOWELINK PARTICIPATES IN THE REVIEW OF NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN (2021-2026) ON PREVENTION OF NCDS

On 27th July 2021, Kenya launched the National Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of NCDs (2021-2026) which presents a framework to guide the implementation of NCD interventions in Kenya. The launch of this strategic plan comes at a time when NCDs are on the rise accounting for over 55 percent of hospital deaths in Kenya. It is also reported (STEP survey 2015) that more than 50% of all the hospital admissions are attributable to NCDs.

The NCDs Strategic plan has gone through a number of reviews with the aim of enhancing ownership and ensuring that it is a document that is representative of every stakeholder’s view. The review process provides a clear opportunity for people living with NCDs to be involved and voice their concerns. The reviews are also critical as they provide for public participation as entrenched in the Kenyan constitution. 

Stowelink, represented by Chief Programs Officer Mr. Oduor Kevin, is glad to be part of these review processes which bring together various stakeholders including the Ministry of Heath secretariat, Patient Led Organizations, People Living with NCDs, other allied sector such as Ministry of Education, physical planning among others. The NCD Strategy provides for strong multi-sectoral linkages that will build a concerted effort towards prevention and control of NCDs in Kenya; a monitoring and evaluation framework with clear indicators that will facilitate harvesting of results; and a costed implementation plan.

During the recent review meeting that took place at Heron Portico Hotel in Nairobi, the 5 pillars of this strategy document was reviewed, and participants provided their feedback which will help produce a formidable strategy plan. These pillars include:

  • Pillar One – Sectoral and Multisectoral Coordination and Governance
  • Pillar Two: Minimize Exposure to Modifiable Risk Factors 
  • Pillar Three: Health System Response for Management of NCDs
  • Pillar Four: Advocacy Communication and Social Mobilization.
  • Pillar Five: Surveillance, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

Also dominating the recent review is the discussion around the less talked about NCDs/less common NCDs. There was a general consensus that the strategy plan expands the number of NCDs covered in the plan to provide an opportunity for people living with rare diseases to be identified and helped in managing their conditions.

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STOWELINKS CPO, MR. ODUOR KEVIN INTERVIEWED BY KUTV IN LINE WITH MAY MEASUREMENT MONTH (HYPERTENSION SCREENING)

The month of November has been a busy one characterized by May Measurement Moth Global Campaign on Hypertension (High Blood Pressure). Stowelink joined the International Society of Hypertension in rallying people towards having their blood pressure checked. Hypertension screening is very important and is known to save lives and enhance healthy outcomes since knowing your blood pressure helps you take control of your health. 

To cement the health message during the May Measurement Month Campaign, Our Chief Program Officer was yet again interviewed by Kenyatta University TV in a bid shade more light on this campaign and highlight the need for people to have their blood pressure checked. The interview covered wide array of topics which included debunking the myths and misconception on hypertension, policy interventions to address the same, current government/private sector efforts, glaring global and local statistics and our work at Stowelink Inc. In this interview, Mr. Oduor also weighed in on the prevention and management of hypertension which largely relies on lifestyle change including dieting and physical activities. 

The highlight of Mr. Oduor’s interview was a call to everyone to join this campaign on hypertension and have their blood pressure checked. Available evidence reveals shocking statistics that point to a range of diseases that an individual is exposed to as a result of presenting with elevated blood pressure. High Blood Pressure has also been reported to be the No.1 contributing risk factor for global deaths causing strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular complication. Even more shocking, is the revelation that over 10 million lives are lost each year needlessly due to raised blood pressure. Still, only half of people with high blood pressure know it. 

In step with the aforementioned, the frantic call for people to “Roll their Sleeves Up and Save a Life- Their Own!” should be responded to with passion and understanding that going for hypertension screening saves lives.

He is the recording of the interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcBg4sb8kUQ&t=205s

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STOWELINK PARTICIPATES AT THE NCD NAVIGATOR MEETING AT CROWN PLAZA HOTEL

In January 2021, Stowelink signed up on National NCD Navigator tool. Being a key player in the NCDs field, Stowelink joined other organization to fill this dynamic mapping too for NCD program which shows the scale of activities across the country with real-time data and visualization. Developed by PATH in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (Kenya), the NCD navigator is a first-of-its-kind, locally managed, NCD digital information system that provides information on NCD programming in a country. This tool came in handy as a platform with information on non-communicable diseases to inform priority setting, coordination, and resource allocation/realignment. 

Since the navigator tool depends on real-time data to provide updates on NCDs program and activities, there is a need for organization in this space to regularly meet and provide data to be fed into the tool. It is for this reason that PATH in collaboration with the Ministry of Health-Kenya organized the meeting at Crown Plaza Hotel, Nairobi bringing together several organization in the field of non-communicable diseases.

Stowelink, through the Chief Program Officer- Oduor Kevin, participated in this meeting. Stowelink updated the tool with the ongoing projects and activities. These include the NCDs365 —our flagship project, IPAB project, JKUAT (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology) medical camp, drug sensitization event at Kenyatta University among other plethora of activities. 

We are glad to be actively involved in this noble initiative. Stowelink is proud to be associated with this tool and we are looking forward to providing necessary support. We are convinced that this tool is a game changer in the NCD space, and it will help establish common understanding of gaps, mobilize organizations to work collectively to avoid duplication and seize opportunities to better meet the needs of PLWNCDs. 

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STOWELINK INTERVIEW WITH KUTV IN LINE WITH THE WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2021

In yet another exclusive interview with Kenyatta University Radio and Television services, Stowelink, through our Chief Programmes Officer got an opportunity to talk about Mental Health in line with the World Mental Health Day commemorated every 10th day of October every year. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2021 was; Mental Health in an Unequal World. 

During the interview, our CPO-Oduor Kevin was asked to expound on the theme and make the viewers understand why the world has become increasingly unequal or rather polarized. First, Oduor acknowledged that the theme for 2021 was chosen through a global vote by members of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), the stakeholders, and supporters. Cognizant that the world is becoming increasingly polarized and thereby causing a meteoric rise in mental health problems, the theme for 2021 was to highlight the inequalities in regard to access to mental health services, quality of cares, disproportionate investment, and the widening gap between the “haves and the have nots”. 

Further, the CPO echoed the statement by The WFMH President Dr Ingrid Daniels by mentioning that the 2021 World Mental Health Day Campaign is an opportunity to encourage open conversation and a deep dive on mental health and focus on the issues that continue to perpetuate mental health inequality locally and even globally. He was also keen to rally individuals, civil societies, the private sectors, and governments to accelerate mental health activities and tackle the widening inequalities which have been further accentuated by COVID-19 pandemic. 

To watch the entire interview, please use this link

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STOWELINK CPO ODUOR KEVIN INVITED AS GUEST SPEAKER AND PANELIST AT DWB FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION FORUM

Do It With Boldness (DWB) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with a single most focus of addressing the needs of the vulnerable members of the community, especially children, the youth and women. The organization creates educational and leadership development opportunities, access to psychological support and amplifies the role of girls as leaders in their community and beyond. 

DWB foundation works with volunteers to achieve its short term and long-term goals. The organization believes that volunteerism is a social behaviour and that it contributes immensely to the economic productivity of a nation. 

In the spirit of recognizing their volunteers, DWB hosted a Volunteer Recognition event at Cool Breeze Gardens in Muthaiga Nairobi. The event focused on volunteerism for humanity and provided an opportunity for volunteers to share their experience and challenges during the volunteer journey. It was also a golden opportunity for networking and sharing of practical experience in volunteerism. 

Our Chief Programs Officer, Mr. Oduor Kevin was invited as one of the guests and panelist in this event hosted by DWB. During this event, Oduor narrated his volunteerism journey, underscoring the rewards of volunteerism, the challenges therein and the lessons that he has learnt in relation to volunteerism. 

He shared with the audience his volunteer experience especially when he volunteered as the Campus Director for Kenyatta University during the 3 months-long Millennium Fellowship hosted by Millennium Campus Network (MCN) in collaboration with United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). He talked about how this role helped him gather valuable skills/knowledge that have gone a long way to bolster his leadership acumen. By the same token, our CPO shared about his volunteer work with Kenyatta University Welfare, wellness and Counselling Project where he served as the Outreach and In-reach coordinator for Peer Counselors.

In a bid to inspire the audience to keep up with the spirit of volunteerism, Oduor mentioned some of the accolades he have won as a result of volunteering including, scholarship to present at the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference in London (March 6-7th 2020), Global Citizen Scholarship award by Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Hideyo Noguchi African Prize for Young Researchers, YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) and the Outreach Youth Champions Award by Kenyatta University. 

Toward the end of the panel discussion, he also shared with participants 4 lessons on volunteerism he has gathered over the years which include;

  1. Don’t just see yourself as a volunteer. See yourself as an integral and indispensable member of the organization.
  2. Leverage volunteerism to accomplish your personal and professional development endeavors.
  3. Give it your ALL. Your hard work will reward you. HARDWORK WORKS.
  4. It is the valuable skills and knowledge you will gain. The money will follow.

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STOWELINK CPO-ODUOR KEVIN INVITED AS GUEST SPEAKER DURING EHSAKU WEBINAR SERIES ON SUICIDE PREVENTION

Our Chief Programmes Officer, Oduor Kevin was the Chief Guest at the EHSAKU webinar series. He talked about different aspects regarding suicide. In his keynote presentation, Oduor weighed in into the history of suicide and explained the causes and risk factors of suicide. He also shared about some of the glaring global and local statistics on suicide, which in essence, highlighted its public health significance. 

Our CPO was also keen to talk about suicidal behaviors and implore the participants to be on the watch out for such behaviour which, principally, lead to suicide or suicidal attempts. To deepen the participants understanding of suicide, Oduor talked about the methods of suicide (traditional and modern methods). He finished his presentation with a powerful quote by Albert Camus — “But in the end, one needs the courage to live than to kill himself!”

According to the World Health Organization, more than 700 000 people die by suicide every year translating to one person every 40 seconds. More sobering is the fact that suicide occurs throughout life and is the fourth leading cause of death among the youth aged 15-29 years old globally. 

In looking at the WHO’s 5 by 5 model which has incorporated mental illness as one of the Non-Communicable Diseases, Suicidal feeling/ideation is classified under mental illness. This points to the fact that the classification of NCDs has been broadened to accommodate conditions/illnesses that had been left out. Nations across the world are grappling with the mental health issues which has already cause significant number of deaths especially during the period of COVID-19 pandemic.

In Kenya, there is growing alarm over the meteoric rise in the number of suicide cases. Nearly, 500 suicide cases were reported in the month of June 2021, a record number to be reported in a single month. This increase in suicide cases can be attributed to the socio-economic impact COVID-19 in relation to job losses, containment measures among others. The situation has, further, been compounded by feelings of isolation which has resulted into mental heath breakdown in most people. In keeping with this happenings, Environmental Health Students Association of Kenyatta University (EHSAKU) hosted a webinar to demystify suicide while creating the much-needed awareness on the same. Organized as a follow-up event following the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2021, the association targeted university students, both members and non-members of EHSAKU. The session aimed at demystifying suicide and providing the participants with practical skills on how to address or deal with suicidal feelings.

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STOWELINK RECRUITS NEW VOLUNTEERS

Stowelink is glad to have brought on board volunteers who are driven by the desire to make meaningful contribution in the NCDs. Mostly drawn from university students and fresh graduates, the volunteers come in handy to help Stowelink achieve its strategic goals. The volunteers are also from different professions —from Education, IT, and health. This is deliberate owing to the fact that NCDs response is not pegged only on health professionals but requires the mobilization of everyone for proper and coordinated response.

But for Stowelink, it is not only about how these volunteers will help in achieving the organization’s goals but also how they will gain valuable hands-on experience and certain life-long skills. It is about developing the volunteers, imparting requisite skills and knowledge in them, molding them into formidable corporate leaders and optimizing their key competencies. This is in line with Stowelink’s overarching goal of “Transforming and Empowering Lives.”

Stowelink strongly believes that voluntarism is central to its ethos. The organization is looking forward to engaging volunteers in a manner that will offer value to them as well as helping the organization grow. Further, Stowelink is focusing on making volunteerism a hallmark of the ways in which it undertakes its work especially in NCDs advocacy. We value working with and through others.

As recognition increases of the ways in which voluntary involvement is critical to the work of the organization, it is compelled to view a volunteer program more as an organizational resource and asset, worthy of investment of funds, staffing and recognition. Volunteer engagement will be continually and consciously developed and strengthened at Stowelink. This is a testament of the organization’s wide approach to enhance volunteer involvement to help realize Stowelink’s goals and priorities

The Strategic Aim underpinning volunteer engagement at Stowelink is:

To maximize the contribution of volunteers’ skills, knowledge, and experiences and to help achieve the greatest possible impact towards Stowelink’s goal. While at it, Stowelink looks forward to help volunteers gain pertinent skill, knowledge in relation to volunteer’s areas of expertise.

Visit our Teams Page on this website to get full details about each new volunteers. Still, you can click this direct link

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HOW WAZEE PAMOJA LEAGUE IS ADDRESSING NCDS THROUGH FOOTBALL

In a bid to take the NCDs conversation to the next level, Stowelink’s partner —Wazee Pamoja League has embraced an innovative way to tackle NCDs —Football. Football is a sport that is marked by use of physical energy. A systematic review by Sarmento et al., 2021 (Recreational football is medicine against non-communicable diseases) demonstrated the benefits of recreational football practice on non-communicable diseases related to cardiovascular and bone health, body composition, type 2 diabetes, and prostate cancer. With this, the sport eliminates the risk of being physically inactive and subsequently developing NCDs. 

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With the rising burden of NCDs, there is a growing body of need for everyone to join in and keep NCDs at bay. A concerted effort must be mobilized to significantly reduce the number of local, regional and global deaths attributable to NCDs. 

NCDs are now the leading cause of death globally with 71% of the deaths attributable to these diseases which include cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, mental illness and cancer. The common risk factors for these chronic disease include;

  1. Harmful Alcohol Use
  2. Tobacco Use
  3. Unhealthy Diet
  4. Physical Inactivity

Wazee Pamoja League was birthed as a platform to encourage peace and unite the communities in the Eastlands of Nairobi following the 2007/2018 post-election violence in Kenya. While unity was the initial purpose, the league has morphed into an incredible platform for elderly members of Eastlands to engage in conversations around urgent and pressing issue in the society including NCDs and peace keeping missions. 

Apart from the fact that WPL is using football as a tool for engaging in conversations around NCDs, what makes the league even more phenomenal is that the participants are mainly the elderly. The elderly people in the society are the most physically inactive segment of the population. Small wonder then, that most of them are diagnosed with chronic diseases. Promoting physical activity among the elderly segment of the population, like WPL is doing, is crucial and can result into significant reduction of NCD cases. 

Since inception, WPL has attracted several participants, and this is a testament to the impact the league continues to create in Eastlands. The league has about 20 active clubs.

According to the current Chairman and one of the founders of WPL, Mr. Kiarie Mwangi, the league has experienced fair share of challenges. Mostly related to financial resources, Mr. Kiarie submits that the league depends heavily on the subscription from the individual clubs to run their operations. There is limited corporate sponsorship, and this is threatening their resolve to address NCDs among the elderly through football. There is also stiff competition for the available playing grounds. 

Women Engagement in WPL:

The success of NCD conversation within the community is when it cuts across gender. To this end WPL is reaching out to elderly women within the fraternity to be active participants in weekly football activities. This will not only spread NCD message within family unit but equally provide safe space to form support group on particular NCD. 

Look out for women engagement in Wazee Pamoja League in coming weeks!

Stowelink joins Wazee Pamoja League in calling out for support towards this initiative. Reach out to WPL through info@wazeepamojaleague.co.ke or +254 703 784 129

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