STOWELINK AND WAZEE PAMOJA LEAGUE VISIT THE PRISONS FOR AN NCD PARTNERSHIP

Non-communicable diseases are now one of the defining challenges of the 21st Century. Despite the fact that most of NCDs are domiciled in high income countries, 80% of deaths from these diseases are reported in in low- and middled- income countries. There is overwhelming evidence especially from high income countries such as Australia, UK and the United States showing that NCDs are an important public health problem in prisons.  In the low- and middle- income countries, anecdotal studies/reports have also shown that prisoners present with at least one of the five major NCDs —Cardiovascular diseases, Diabetes, Cancer, Mental Health and Hypertension.  

Keeping in mind the growing demand for NCDs intervention among the vulnerable segment of the population —the prisoners, Stowelink is collaborating with Wazee Pamoja League to address NCDs in prisons. Wazee Pamoja League is a football competition in the Eastlands of Nairobi-Kenya. The league, while aiming at cohesion building and building platform for peace across the cosmopolitan Eastland of Nairobi, is also using sports to promote physical activity both among the young people and the elderly.

To kickstart the partnership, Stowelink (represented by Oduor Kevin- Chief Programs Officer) together with Wazee Pamoja League Chairman Kiarie Mwangi, Tunawiri organization, Geuza Wazo and Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance of Kenya visited industrial Area Maximum Prisons and met with the leadership. The purpose of this initially meeting was to present the idea targeting NCDs in prison through sports and physical activities. The prison leadership welcomed the idea and suggested that another follow-up meeting be convened to discuss the modalities and the implementation matrix for this much needed partnership. The follow-up meetings will be communicated by Kiarie Mwangi who is the Chairman of Wazee Pamoja League and Founder of Fariji.

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STOWELINK ATTENDS NCDAK’S AGM AND WELCOMES THE NEW CHAIR/TEAM

Non-communicable Diseases Alliance Kenya (NCDAK) is the national umbrella body of all organizations, patients’ groups, NGOs, CBOs, and professional associations involved in advocacy, prevention, control, care, and rehabilitation of persons living with or at risk of developing NCDs. Through the membership, the create a national community of organizations, dedicated to responding to the global call of action for the prevention and control of NCDs.

Stowelink prides itself to belong to this progressive alliance and to participate in its growth towards a formidable umbrella body with a mandate of addressing the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in Kenya. As a support member, Stowelink, alongside other member organizations, helps shape the NCDAK’s leadership and NCDs advocacy direction.

Pursuant to the NCDAK’s constitution under article XVII, the alliance organizes Annual General Meeting that brings together the member organizations. This year (2021), NCDAK adopted a hybrid format for the meeting with some members able to participate virtually and others in person.

Stowelink’s Chief Program Officer, Mr. Oduor Kevin represented Stowelink at NCDAK’s Annual General held at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Hurlingham, Nairobi (Friday, 9th July 2021). Among the agenda of this meeting included:

  • To table Proxies, Read the Notice Convening the Meeting, and determine if a Quorum is present.
  • To confirm and adopt the Minutes of the previous AGM held on 30th September 2020.
  • To receive, consider and adopt the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December 2020 with the Chair’s Report and Treasurer’s Report.
  • Appointment of the Auditors
  • Elections of Board Directors.
  • To transact any other business in respect of which due notice had been received.

Proxies were tabled and quorum determined; the minutes of previous AGM were adopted; the audited financial statement confirmed and adopted, and the Chair and treasure’s report read and discussed during the AGM. The AGM unanimously agreed to retain the current auditors lauding them for the good work they have done.

Concerning election of the Board of Directors, the following were elected as the new officials of NCDAK board:

  1. Dr. Zipporah Ali (from Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association) as the Chair elect, Board of NCD Alliance of Kenya.
  2. David Makumi (Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations) as Vice Chair.
  3. Dr. Lilian Mbau (Kenya Cardiac Society) as Secretary to the Board.
  4. Patrick Ngechu (Kenya Association for the Welfare of People with Epilepsy) as Treasurer.
  5. Beatrice Gachambi (Médecins Sans Frontières), Peter Mokaya (Organic Consumer Alliance), Grace Ochodo (Stroke and Hypertension Association-SAHA) and Erick Angula (MedTronics Lab) as Board Members. 

Stowelink congratulates Dr. Zipporah Ali on her election as Chair of NCDAK and promise to work closely with her together with other officials and board members elect. Besides, as Stowelink, we laud the outgoing chair, Dr. Eva Njenga for her leadership and support to us. We look forward to working with her even as she joins the Global NCD Alliance as board member.

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STOWELINK PARTNERS WITH JOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY AND OTHERS FOR A HEALTH DRIVE

Stowelink partnered with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology in a medical camp aimed at creating awareness about diseases and promoting good health and wellbeing.

Stowelink was one of the partners for JKUAT Health drive which saw incredible number of students receive a wide array of medical checkup. Some of the medical services offered to students and the JKUAT community at large were:

  1. Eye checkup
  2. Random blood sugar
  3. Blood Pressure Screening
  4. Cervical Cancer screening
  5. Nutritional counselling
  6. Blood donation
  7. HIV/AIDS testing and counselling
  8. Dental services
  9. TB Screening
  10. COVID-19 sensitization
  11. Family Planning Services among others

During the drive, Stowelink conducted random blood sugar testing and blood pressuring screening. Stowelink also conducted sensitization on NCDs there by creating the much-needed awareness on NCDs and their impact. With the help from the Health Drive Initiative, students who visted the tent were screened and educated on various NCDs. The number of people screened for Blood Pressure were about 300 and those whose Blood Sugar were checked were about 200.

Other partners of the health drive included:

The Kenya Red Cross Society

The National Blood Transfusion

The Bright Optics

The Health Drive Initiative

Marie Stopes-Kenya

The Mediheal Group of Hospitals

Arrow Dental

Stop TB Partnership Kenya

As Stowelink, we strive to create an impactful experience for all those around us in the sensitization and prevention of NCDs as part of a global cause of pushing the Global agenda of SDG 3 by promoting Good Health and Wellbeing in individuals.

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NCDS 365 PHASE 2 MAY REPORTS

Stowelink has been constantly aiming at improving NCDs literacy through sharing relevant messages on non-communicable diseases. This year as we embark on the phase 2 of the NCDs 365 report, here is a summary of the project reach in MAY 2021.

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RAISING THE NEW GENERATION OF NCDs AMBASSADORS AND PEER EDUCATORS

Shortly after participating actively in the launch of the Young Health Programme in Kenya, Stowelink has actively been engaged in training the next generation of peer educators for this project in Kenya. Last week, our founder and CEO Ogweno Stephen who also happens to have been a peer educator in the young health programme was involved in training the new wave of peer educators on non-communicable diseases.  when asked about why this training was important, Ogweno stated that young people and young people’s energy need to be harnessed and incorporated in the fight against non communicable diseases. young people are the leaders, the ambassadors and the advocates that will take the fight against non communicable diseases to the next level. Therefore, we must equip them with data, information and toolkits to be able to champions for the reduction of non-communicable disease.

The AstraZeneca Young Health Programme works to help young people aged 10-24 to take control of their health, especially to combat long-term conditions such as cancers, diabetes, respiratory and heart diseases, and mental ill health. These are often called non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In Kenya, the programme is implemented by Plan International Kenya.

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STOWELINK PARTNERS WITH AFYA AFRICA ORTHOPAEDIC SERVICES IN THE NCDS 365 PROJECT AND THE NCDS 365 SUITE

In a new partnership Stowelink signed and brought on board Afya Africa orthopedic services as one of its new partners in the NCDs 365 projects.  This partnership followed a need to be able to have physiotherapists as part of Stowelink’s networks and strategic partners especially for NCDs patients who need physiotherapy as part of their rehabilitation journey.

Afya Africa orthopedic services is a leading CENTRE OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION that offers services in

  • Physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Low back pain, Neck, shoulder, Hip, knee &ankle pain
  • Sports medicine rehabilitation
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Women health
  • Spinal manipulation therapy

Contact them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Afyafrica-Orthopedic-Services

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NCD 365 PHASE TWO APRIL AND MAY REVIEW

Stowelink has been making an impact and reaching out to so many in different social media platforms. As we celebrate the sixth month of the project, here are some of the insights discussed in the animated videos shared. 

In April, the first video shared was one with information about the link between Covid-19 and NCDs. The animated video, which was episode number 13 of the NCDS 365 Phase Two, explained what Covid-19 is.  It stated that it is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus strain in 2019. It is commonly spread by coughing and sneezing, personal contact and contact with infectious surfaces. The link with NCDs was clearly established as older people and those with underlying conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases and cancer were more likely to develop serious illnesses such as coronavirus.  In Week 14 and 15, the link between covid-19 and diabetes and covid-19 and cancer respectfully were discussed.

The last video of April was aimed at showing ways of protecting your mental health during the covid-19 pandemic. Tips such as not attaching the disease or nationality/ethnicity/race of a person when referring to people with covid-19, minimizing exposure too much news about covid-19 that causes you to feel anxious (seek information only from trusted sources) and finding opportunities to amplify positive and hopeful stories of local people who have experienced the condition.

In May, the first video of the NCDS 365 phase two shared various tips to staying healthy as a patient living with NCDS during Covid-19 pandemic. The next animated videos were aimed at sensitizing on cardiovascular diseases. Week 18 had information on what cardiovascular diseases were being shared. The diseases were said to be a general term for conditions affecting the heart or the blood vessels. May Measurement Month which is a global campaign initiated by the International Society of Hypertension was also mentioned. During the campaign, volunteers around the world measure people’s blood pressure as a means of creating awareness on hypertension.

Risk factors to cardiovascular diseases were discussed in week 19. They were divided into modifiable and non-modifiable factors. Modifiable were those that could be changed, for example, lifestyle factors such as smoking and eating habits while non- modifiable risk factors were unchangeable, for example, age and ethnicity. The last animated video in May talked about the major types of cardiovascular diseases. The diseases were Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Aortic Disease.

To learn more visit the NCDs Champions page on YouTube. Cheers.

KUTV EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW IN LINE WITH JUNE MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

Stowelink was represented at the Kenyatta University TV. One of our own was able to share insightful information men’s health month. He noted that cultural and patriarchal norms continually impact the chauvinistic character of men with regards to their health. Since men have a low health seeking behavior, creating awareness on the matter is vital.

Father’s Day is quickly approaching and now is the perfect time to encourage the men in our lives to take care of themselves. The month of June is Men’s Health Month and all boys and men are urged to stay healthy by eating right, exercising and seeking regular medical checkups to prevent disease and injury so they may live long and healthy lives. Men’s health is not just a ‘man’s issue’, it’s a family issue. Men’s health can impact everyone around them: wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, etc.

There is overwhelming evidence across the world suggesting that men are less likely than women to seek help from health professionals for problems as diverse as depression, substance abuse, physical disabilities and stressful life events. Previous research has revealed that the principal health related issue facing men is their reluctance to seek access to health services. Otherwise put, men have poor health seeking behavior.

In an attempt to unravel this hot topic, Mr. Oduor, was able to talk about men’s health and offer advice on how men can embrace positive health seeking behaviour. The interview, which was lined with several questions around men’s health, lasted for about 30 minutes. He talked deeply about embracing positive health seeking behavior by men which is one of the public health concerns today. Men, generally die earlier than their female counterparts and this is partly blamed on their reluctance to seek medical help when their health is at stake. We should encourage all men young or old to protect their health as everyone’s health is critical.

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21 ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER WITH STOWELINK IN THE NCDS 365 APP

NCDs 365 app is a mobile platform that aims at educating communities on non-communicable diseases whilst connecting them to relevant events, updates and most importantly service providers and patient support groups working in the NCDs space. With the platform we are currently working with community health workers who use the app as part of their essential toolkits for NCDs education and referrals.

we have now listed 21 organizations working in the NCDs space on the NCDs 365 app. With this listing, these organizations will have an improved visibility especially to communities outside of the capital Nairobi and extend their reach and perhaps their services to rural communities who desperately need to know about, and access services from these patient support groups, patient led networks and NCDs advocacy groups.

We are continuously listing organizations for free with the aim of improving visibility and as a result accessibility services, networks, and tools to improving the lives of the NCDs community across the country and the continent.

DOWNLOAD NCDs 365 app HERE.

To get listed send us an email at stowelink@gmail.com.