NCDS 365 PHASE 2 APRIL 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 April 2021.

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AFYA BUZZ THE NEW ONLINE HEALTH PROGRAMME IN TOWN: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT

Over the past few weeks Stowelink has been engaging with the new online tv programme aimed at discussing everything health and sharing human stories behind the statistics, diseases, and numbers. After our detailed engagement with Afya buzz and their staff, here is all you need to know on Afya buzz.

  1. Afya buzz is an online programme that ais at educating people on various health topics, discussing the various interventions and sharing human stories on health and wellbeing.
  2. The show is produced executively by Talanta institute and the show is led by Dr Caroline Mukoma.
  1. The show aims at strengthening health journalism and filling in the big gap in this space. Through the show the hosts aim at educating communities on better ways of taking acre of their health.
  2. The show is already attracting a lot of attention from young people and health professionals.

We have been privileged to have began our works with the Afya buzz programme and we are looking forward to  bringing you one of the biggest health journalism platforms in Kenya and sub-Saharan africa.

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STOWELINK INVITED TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.


Stowelink through its founder and CEO Mr Ogweno Stephen was invited by the Kenyatta University Wellness and Fitness Club to talk about an important topic on the benefit of mental health and fitness and also to broadly talk abut mental health. In the one-hour packed session, Ogweno Stephen was able to unpack the details of how mental health was a critical issue to consider when talking about health and wellbeing emphasizing that there was no health without mental health. Below are some of the key takeaways from the session;


Exercise and depression
Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. As one example, a recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing.

Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.

Exercise and anxiety
Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help, but you’ll get a bigger benefit if you pay attention instead of zoning out.

Try to notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, for example, or the rhythm of your breathing, or the feeling of the wind on your skin. By adding this mindfulness element—really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise—you’ll not only improve your physical condition faster, but you may also be able to interrupt the flow of constant worries running through your head.

Exercise and stress
Ever noticed how your body feels when you’re under stress? Your muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, and shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may feel a tightness in your chest, a pounding pulse, or muscle cramps. You may also experience problems such as insomnia, heartburn, stomachache, diarrhea, or frequent urination. The worry and discomfort of all these physical symptoms can in turn lead to even more stress, creating a vicious cycle between your mind and body.

Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle. As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.

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NEW RESEARCH ALERT: STOWELINK LED RESEARCH FOR THE WHO HIDEYO NOGUCHI PRIZE, NOW PUBLISHED.

A Stowelink team led by the Chief Programmes Officer, Mr Oduor Kevin published an exciting new research focusing on universal health coverage and mhealth.

Here is the research abstract, you can find the full paper on the link below.

https://www.seejph.com/index.php/seejph/article/view/4317

Abstract

mHealth is the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services, and health research. An estimated 68% of the world’s population own mobile phones, with Kenya having approximately 80% of mobile phone penetration. This makes it feasible to accelerate the uptake of mHealth interventions to improve health services delivery. While some evidence has shown how various forms of mHealth interventions have been used to transform health services, health outcomes, and health research in Kenya and globally, many remain largely anecdotal or undocumented. This paper examines the various forms of mHealth interventions that have been incorporated into Kenya’s health infrastructure, and their effectiveness in improving health services delivery in Kenya. A systematic review of peer-reviewed articles, policy briefs, and credible materials published on mHealth have shown that mHealth has succeeded in the health infrastructure such as in collecting and transferring health and patient data, remote diagnosis, treatment, and patient follow-up. The paper also examines the barriers around the uptake of mHealth interventions and recommends how these interventions can be integrated into Kenya’s health infrastructure. Even though there is every reason to believe that mHealth can allow limited resource settings to “leapfrog” over more advanced settings in using mobile technologies to improve health services delivery, mHealth is not a panacea. There are limited will and resources to scale up and integrate mHealth into the health infrastructure with attempted integration met with a negative attitude from the strained health workforce who still view mHealth as additional work, among other challenges. Despite the challenges, there may be an opportunity for Kenya’s Government to leverage mobile and wireless devices to improve the delivery of health services to areas that were previously unreachable, thereby fast-tracking its commitment to achieving Universal Health Coverage.

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STOWELINK AND PARTNERS PARTICIPATES IN THE 4TH GLOBAL HEALTH MEET 2021

HRIDAY is organizing the 4th GYM on Health (Virtual) in April, 2021. The proposed theme is “Meaningful Youth Engagement for Leading Action on Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals”. GYM 2021 will strengthen the capacity of youth leaders, hone their skills to plan, implement, monitor and scale-up integrated campaigns to meet their national NCD targets and accelerate action for SDGs.

On the first day of the conference Stowelink held a side event where we talked about the topic: YOUTHS LEADING THE FIGHT AGAIST NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES. In this topic we went ahead to talk about the various ways in which young people are leading the fight against non-communicable diseases. Youths were identified as creators, innovators, visionaries, and leaders whose contribution to the health care industry has been noticed and recognized widely. In the session we also discussed the various challenges that youths faced while leading this fight. We recognized that the youths needed to continuously improve their knowledge and skills on various health topics to enable them continuously to contribute to improving the health care system.

On the second day, our founder Mr. Ogweno Stephen represented the youths from the who afro region where he read the plans that the youths in the region towards improving the health of the youth in the          region with a focus on mental health. In a session that was attended by the head of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros the youth declaration was read highlighting action points that the young people needed to be fulfilled.

Here are some of the most important lessons from the GYM 2021 conference.

  1. Young people are innovators, creators and implementer’s in the health care system and are contributing to impactful change globally and improving health.
  2. Young people have participated very actively in improving local and global policies that affect health. More support and meaningful of engagement of young people to get to this stage is still very much needed.
  3. The WHO at both country regional and global levels are supporting youth engagement and have actively and intentionally created opportunities where young people can make meaningful contribution and impact. First off is the Global Youth Conference starting 23-25/4/2021
  4. “While the situation is challenging, we do not weaken our resolve to continuously and actively contribute to improving health care.”

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STOWELINK BAGS A WIN AND A 1ST RUNNER UP AT THE KENYAN QUALITY HEALTH CARE AWARDS 7-4-2021

Health services require quality as a foundation. For this reason, the Quality Healthcare Kenyan awards (QHKA) seeks to honor excellence and innovation in the health sector for quality patient-centered care.

The Quality Health Care Awards which was hosted in the 7th April 20201 was a virtual event which saw all major players in the Kenyan health care system attend to appreciate and recognize individual and organizations working to improve health care across the country. Stowelink on the award day bagged two awards on the day, a win and first runners up. The awards were:

  1. WINNER – STUDENT INNOVATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR – The Drug Free Youth Project – Mr Ogweno Stephen
  2. FIRST RUNNERS UP – BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR HEALTH CARE – The Drug Free Youth Project and Mental Health Matters Projects.
Mr Ogweno Stephen, CEO Stowelink, with our winning trophy

At Stowelink we continue to appreciate our friends, our supporters, our partners and the community that have allowed us to serve them and improve their health care. the  movement is always on!

part of the Stowelink team Behind the Work

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NCDS 365 PHASE 2 MARCH 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 March 2021.

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MARCH REVIEW FOR NCDS 365 PHASE TWO

On the third month of the NCDS 365 phase two, the project focussed on Obesity. Since the World Obesity Day was celebrated on March fourth. The whole month was dedicated towards creating awareness, acknowledging Obesity and sharing information on it.

In the first week of March, the animated series took an interesting turn in recognizing people’s first language for obesity in Africa. What is people first language you ask? It aims at eliminating weight bias by not labelling a person by their condition. Instead, the person is acknowledged first then followed by their condition, for example, Person with Obesity rather than Obese person.

Week ten of the NCDS 365 Phase Two consisted of sharing information of what Obesity is. Obesity was described as a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. It is diagnosed when your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or higher. Having Obesity increases your risk of other diseases and health problems such as Heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. Obesity is said to arise from a combination of inherited factors combined with the environment, personal diet and level of physical activity. With appropriate management of weight, diet and proper physical activity, Obesity can easily be managed.

Common myths about Obesity were debunked in the animated series in week eleven. The first myth was that obesity is caused by poor lifestyle choices. The fact was that although diet and exercise might play a role in causing obesity, many other factors such as genetics, hormones and underlying diseases may lead to the condition. The other myth is that weight loss will fix all your health issues. Despite weight loss being encouraged for good health, sudden weight loss may lead to health depreciation by causing muscle loss, lower metabolism, nutrient deficiencies, sleep issues and other complications. Myth three was that the number of kilos lost is the most important measure of success in obesity. However, it is key to note that long term healthy choices such as a proper nutritious diet and regular physical activity are choices that actually make meaningful change.

The treatment and control strategies of obesity were discussed in the last week of March. The animated series shared that strategies such as having a healthy eating plan, engaging in regular physical activity, weight loss medication alongside other methods (In certain situations) and weight loss surgery. The crucial aspect is to take weight loss, healthy eating and exercise one day at a time then surround yourself with the right environment, people and resources.

Now you know. Lets continue to empower ourselves with knowledge on good health and work together to create awareness and prevent NCDs.

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NCD 365 PHASE TWO FEBRUARY REVIEW

Stowelink carried on with the dissemination of animated messages on Non Communicable Diseases in February. As usual, the messages were shared on a weekly basis. Sharing of important knowledge on Non communicable diseases is and will always be crucial in preventing and management of the diseases. As Stowelink, it is our primary ethos to continue with a lot of tenacity to spread much needed information on NCDs.

In the first week of February which marked week five of the NCD 365 Phase Two, information on what cancer is was shared. Cancer is the disease that causes abnormal cells to divide uncontrollably and that destroys body tissue. It can affect any part of the body. It was noted that cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world. Due to improvement in cancer screening and treatment, survival rates of cancer patients have increased.

The signs and symptoms of Cancer were discussed in Week 6 of the NCDs 365 Phase Two. The signs and symptoms shared include the following: lump or thickening felt under the skin, skin changes such as yellowing, darkening, redness of the skin and sores that will not heal, unexplained bleeding or bruising, weight changes including unintended loss or gain of weight and persistent or unexplained muscle or joint pain. Any person with the signs above is advised to visit the nearest health facility.

In week seven, risk factors of developing cancer were discussed. One of the factors included, age. Older adults aged 65 and above are commonly diagnosed with cancer because it can take decades to develop. However, it may develop in an individual of any given age. The second risk factor is lifestyle choices. Certain habits such as smoking, excessive exposure to the sun, being obese and having unsafe sex. Family history is the next risk factor which may lead to developing cancer. Although a small portion of cancer is due to an inherited condition, having a gene mutation doesn’t necessary mean that one might develop cancer. The last factor is one’s environment as exposure to harmful chemicals such exposure to second hand smoke may increase the risk of getting cancer.

In the last week of February, the main aim was prevention of cancer. The eighth week of NCD 365 Phase Two was marked by sharing of beneficial tips in the prevention of cancer. The tips include: stop smoking, eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and scheduling cancer screening examinations once in a while.

For more information on the NCDs 365 Phase Two follow Stowelink on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out the animated vidoes on youtube at NCDs Champions and download the NCD 365 App free on Google Playstore.

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