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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STOWELINK STORY FEATURED IN THE “WE HAVE A DREAM BOOK” THROUGH OGWENO STEPHEN REPRESENTING KENYA

We Have a Dream: 201 Countries, 201 Dreams with Sustainable Development Goals”, is a book which has been published in Japanese and English by Iroha Publishing in Japan. This book contains global co- authors each representing all the 201 countries of the world. Kenya was represented by Ogweno Stephen, Stowelink CEO, who shared his story titled TAKE ACTION.

The book, which is the brainchild of One Young World Ambassadors from Japan and Directors of the Word Dream Project, Mr. Taichi Ichikawa, and Ms. Ibun Hirahara, is designed to showcase the stories and dreams of global young leaders and create a platform where people from across the world can learn from each other. The book also places keen emphasis on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Every   dream expressed in the book is linked to at least one SDG, which highlights how young people are playing their part to tackle global issues, whilst contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In his story Take Action, Ogweno reflects on how he had to take action to make this world a better space by tackling a health care challenge in the non-communicable diseases space. Having seen firsthand the effects of living with non-communicable diseases and acting as a caregiver to individuals living with NCDs, Ogweno Stephen reflects on how he began to act on this space. He also reflects on the disappointments he faced along the way and reminds other entrepreneurs and change makers that disappointments are very much a part of the journey to success. He however insists that you have to take action and do it continuously to be able to realize change.

Change never happens by just thinking about it, change happens by taking action.

You can buy this book on this LINK. https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/WORLD-DREAM-PROJECT/dp/4866071931

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STOWELINK CEO FEATURED ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER BIOLOGY, MEDICINE AND HEALTH STUDENT WEBSITE

Our Chief Executive Officer was recently featured in the University of Manchester Biology, Medicine And Health Student Blog where he was discussed how his current studies in Global Health have helped him amplify the work in the non-communicable diseases space. 

When asked how the Masters In Public Health had helped his career, here was his response:

Besides being a student at Manchester, I am the founder and CEO of Stowelink, an organization focused on improving literacy and access to early diagnostic services for NCDs. We do this actively through community projects, quarterly medical camps and research, and by leveraging mobile health technologies and innovation.

Through these projects, Stowelink aims to educate communities on the major NCDs and their risk factors. To date, Stowelink has been able to reach over 3.5 million people both online and offline, receive local and global recognition for their innovation and in 2020 expand its impact and partners through the NCDs 365 project to 8 African countries.

I also consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) under the NCD labs project, where I was appointed to the board in charge of the NCDs and the Next Generation thematic area.

As a current student working in the NCD space and the mobile health sector, as well as with young people, the course has enabled me to learn and solidify concepts in these subject areas. One of my favourite units from the course has been Digital Public Health, which has really helped us improve on some aspects of the mobile health intervention that we are currently implementing in Kenya.

Read the full feature HERE https://manchesterbmhstudents.wordpress.com/2021/07/14/levelling-up-my-work-in-non-communicable-disease-through-the-mph-course/ 

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STOWELINK CEO FEATURED IN THE QUALITY HEALTH CARE KENYAN AWARDS MAGAZINE

The Stowelink CEO, Mr. Ogweno Stephen, was recently featured in this year’s second edition of the Winners Features, a publication by the Quality Health Care Kenyan Awards for winning this year’s student innovation project of the year under The Drug Free Youth Project that we developed and jointly implemented with Stowelink Inc at Kenyatta University and other learning institutions. 

The Drug Free Youth Project educated young people in primary schools, high schools, and colleges on the effects of drugs and substance abuse linking these effects to academics, performance and non communicable diseases such as cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Implemented in 2019, the project used extremely innovative approaches to put this message out through use of outdoor learning sessions, social media, poetry, board games and the drug free youth poetry book. The Drug Free Youth Project was conducted by a team of students from Kenyatta University School of Public Health led by Ogweno Stephen and included Ayallo Harizon, Oduor Kevin, Feddy Collins, Naila Chebet, Noel Museshi Murunga, Owinyo Victor and Victor Kariuki. The project reached 14,870 students in 7 primary schools, 5 high schools and 4 universities in Nairobi.

About the awards

The first of its kind in Kenya, Quality Health Care Kenyan Awards (QHKA) has taken on the mantle and seeks to change the narrative and showcase impact of the positive contributions on the Kenyan health sector for scalability and sustainability. The initiative takes a health system strengthening approach to improve standards of health service delivery among health professionals by recognizing outstanding performance, fostering innovation and the use of information technology, sharing of best practice, uniting the public and private sectors towards a common goal and creating a platform for collaboration.

As Stowelink, we are proud that our work in the NCDs space is being noticed and we will keep on reaching for greater heights. Our culture of growth and empowerment continues each and every day.

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LAUNCH OF THE NCDS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ONLINE COURSE TAUGHT BY STOWELINK CEO

Last month we finally launched the ONLINE COURSE: NCDs FOR PUBLIC HEALTH on UDEMY, the world’s largest provider of online courses. In an exciting partnership between Stowelink Inc, Talanta Institute, Tujuze Learning and NCD Champions we developed and released this beginner’s self-paced course that aims at introducing the learners to concepts about non communicable diseases for public health.

Besides addressing what non communicable diseases are, how to manage and prevent them, the course also discusses contemporary issues related to NCDs including NCDs in the context of human rights, climate change and antimicrobial resistance.

We have made the course FREE for the first 1000 students and we already have 311 students taking the course. Visit the link below to access the course today.

https://www.udemy.com/course/non-communicable-diseases-for-public-health/

This course is a very important part of the growth and recognition of the NCDs as it aims at improving NCDs literacy among various communities. Stowelink is proud to be involved in this milestone. Knowledge on NCDs is crucial in the process of creating awareness and advocating for Non Communicable Diseases everywhere. As we learn, we continue to grow and become one step ahead in the fight against NCDs.

Share with your networks today and lets together develop a generation that is NCDs literate.

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STOWELINK FACILITATES A DRUG SENSITIZATION FORUM AT KENYATTA UNIVERSITY

Kenyatta University recently organized The Drug Free Youth Sensitization forum in an attempt to discourage drugs and substances abuse in the institution. Stowelink (represented by Oduor Kevin-CPO) was invited to discuss impact of drugs and substances abuse in the society. The importance of refusal skills and the link between NCDs and drug and substance abuse was discussed at large.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly three-quarters of all noncommunicable disease (NCD) deaths worldwide take place in low- and middle-income countries. These deaths are related to poverty and lack of detection and treatment. In these countries, inadequate healthcare systems can lead to higher rates of premature deaths.

The main risk factors for NCDs are tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, and harmful use of alcohol due to effects of globalization on marketing and trade. Being diagnosed with an NCD often means years of poor health and disability.

Keeping in mind that Tobacco and Alcohol are among the main risk factors for non-communicable diseases, it is imperative that users and non-users alike be sensitized on the health effects of indulging in drugs. There is a need for everyone to be equipped with drug refusal skills. 

Some of the drugs refusal skills are: 

  • Saying NO quickly with a firm and clear voice without hesitation.
  • Making direct eye contact to affirm your seriousness and finality.
  • Suggesting an alternative:
    • Something else to do.
    • Something else to eat or drink.
  • Asking the person to stop offering you a drink and to not do so again.
  • Changing the subject by talking about other meaningful and constructive subjects.

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STOWELINK PARTICIPATES IN THE AFROPHC WORKSHOP ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARE FUNDING IN AFRICA


Stowelink was invited to the AfroPHC workshop to represent young people and NCD organizations in Africa. Representing Stowelink at the workshop, Mr. Oduor Kevin (Chief Programs Officer-Stowelink) advocated for integration of NCDs services into the primary health care. While recognizing that limited funding options and the increasing financial downtime orchestrated by COVID-19 may be blamed reversing the gain made in PHC, Oduor strongly advocated for innovative financing for NCDs. 

SPARC, in partnership with AfroPHC, organized a webinar themed “Exploring UHC Funding/Payment Reforms for PHC in Africa.” AfroPHC is a community of Primary Health Care (PHC) health workers interested in elevating learnings, issues and opportunities for PHC Systems Strengthening and SPARC is an Africa based resource hub aimed at Strengthening Strategic Purchasing capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. Its vision is to empower countries with knowledge and practical tools to make access to affordable and quality health care a reality for all.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) proposes that everyone access the quality healthcare services they need without exposure to any financial risk. The vast amount of evidence indicates that primary healthcare service is essential and a foundation for a strong health system, offering preventive and basic healthcare intervention including for NCDs. However, this level of service delivery is seemingly least prioritized in terms of funding and purchasing modalities. Again, despite the encouraging evidence of the world leader’s commitment to address NCDs, many countries policy response to NCD control are limited. There is variation in implementation of PHC and UHC with fragmented response to NCDs. 

Vast amount of evidence suggests that addressing the growing NCD burden will require substantial re-orientation of primary health care (PHC) including the funding mechanism to alleviate the increasing out-of-pocket expenditure that impede health care access. Mr. Oduor asserted that NCDs are becoming/or are already defining challenge of the 21st Century hence the growing body of need for expanding primary healthcare packages to adequately tackle this silent pandemic. 

In commenting on the need to increase awareness of PHC workers and PHC financing options, Mr. Oduor commented that PHC has focused so much on infectious disease with little or no attention to NCDs. As such, he proposed that PHC workers must now be equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills for detecting and managing non-communicable diseases at the primary health care levels. Similarly, regular refresher training on NCDs is critical to for PHC workers as this will also serve to update them on current development/trends around this field. 

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