STOWELINK IS TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF NCD AND CLIMATE CHANGE CHAMPIONS THROUGH ITS ONLINE COURSE

NCDS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH COURSE ONBOARDING

One of the project’s expected outcomes is increased awareness and literacy on NCDs and climate change. What a better way to do this, than through a self-paced course on NCDs and climate change. As a self-paced course, the content is designed to optimize learning and enhance knowledge retention.

Stowelink conducted the onboarding session with the sole aim of addressing any technical issues the beneficiaries might experience. Most of the beneficiaries were able to access the course and start learning with any technical issues experienced amicably resolved.

Those who successfully finish the course and earned certificate are expected to train their communities on NCDs and Climate Change. They become lead trainers in their organizations.

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STOWELINK MEETS COUNTY STAKEHOLDERS IN A NEW PROJECT THAT AIMS AT ADRESSING NCDs & CLIMATE CHANGE

Stowelink program team is very keen in bringing onboard relevant partners and stakeholders to support The Co-Benefit Project – NCDs Youth and Climate Change. Stakeholders and partners offer essential technical and directional support to community programs implementation. This is also very strategic for sustainability agenda for donor funded projects beyond donor exit. In this regard, Stowelink conveyed half day meeting with representative from Roysambu and other key community stakeholders.

The entourage which was led by the Sub County Public Health Officer, were impressed with the initiative that will enable youths to take lead in the fight against Non-Communicable Change and Climate Change in their community. In attendance were also the group leaders and the area Chief who pledged to support the project by sensitizing other community stakeholders on the project expectation and desire successes.

Stowelink Program team took this opportunity to brief the MoH representative on the project goal, objectives, desired outcomes and what success look like during and after implementation. This was done to enable the MOH representative understand why the project is important especially to the youths of Roysambu sub county. The stakeholders also had an opportunity to go through the toolkits developed for the project and give general feedback on the look and feel of these toolkits. The feedback on this was generally positive and they were looking forward to having the outcomes of these tools being used in the field.

The county agreed to spearhead discussion around project sustainability beyond the pilot phase by identifying key NCDs program implementers in the subcounty to form Technical Working Group. Stowelink team was asked to assist in identifying other partners who will be key in the TWG.

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STOWELINK LEADING THE CLIMATE CHANGE AND NCDs CONVERSATION THROUGH THE STEP UP PROJECT

Stowelink in partnership with the NCD Alliance of Kenya are implementing The CoBenefit Project NCDs and Cimate change. The project aims to reduce the negative impact and vulnerability of Non-communicable Disease among young people. It seeks to build the capacity of young people in under-resourced communities to mitigate the NCDs vulnerability and its impact through healthy diet, physical activities, and climate change education while leveraging technology and innovation.

Recently, Stowelink program team settled for Roysambu Sub County as the project implementation area after wide and deep consultations with the MoH and project sponsors. To ensure that right audience and beneficiaries are reached through this project, Stowelink leveraged the Community Health Workers and Youths leader networks to map and identify youth groups who are the project target. Stowelink is expected to work with 10 youth groups in Roysambu to implement the project. The mapped youth groups are expected to identify 10 members from their respective groups for NCDs and Climate Change training. The following youth groups were mapped from the project catchment area;

  1. Mwihoto Youth group
  2. Salail Axe
  3. Githurai Sports
  4. Young and Old
  5. Turfmoor
  6. Gallaxy
  7. Young Mother
  8. Youth at Heart
  9. Casino Youth
  10. The link

Stowelink program team carried out Youth group leader sensitization and orientation after successful groups mapping. The was done as part of the community entry process to lobby the leaders to support the project throughout its implementation phase. The program team took this opportunity to discuss with the group leaders their roles in the project. Importantly, the group leaders were adequately briefed on the project goals, objectives and expected outcomes. The mapped groups were asked to identify 10 members each for the project training. The eligibility criteria for these exercises are accessibility to smart phone and basic education background. The groups members were also informed that their members will graduate to NCDs youth champions post the NCDs and Climate Change training. Stowelink program team briefed the group leaders about project planned demand creation activities which include use of IEC materials, community NCDs screening, medical camps and use of social medial. The group leaders were asked to coordinate and work closely with the project team, project beneficiaries, community key stakeholders and Ministry of health proper and successful project implementation in their community.

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NEW PODCAST SERIES: NCDS AND COVID 19: LESSONS FROM THE PAST TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

How do we build back better? In an effort to shine more awareness and insight into the experiences of people living with non-communicable diseases at the height of COVID 19 and potential lessons for the future, Stowelink in collaboration with NCD champions produced a 10-part podcast series on NCDs and COVID 19. This podcast series has been proudly supported by the Global Youth Mobilization.

This series features 10 young and mid aged patients doctors and caregivers of people who either live with non-communicable diseases or are caregivers to patients who live with these diseases and were affected by COVID 19 in one way or the other. The series aims at building back better from COVID 19 emphasizing on the importance of the experiences gathered managing the pandemic and lessons to help us move back better and prepare for future pandemics especially for communities of people living with non-communicable diseases.

The podcast episodes include the following:

  • E1 DEMENTIA AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH MONICA KINYANJUI
  • E2 MENTAL HEALTH AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH SHARON MBUGUA
  • E3 SLEEP DISORDERS  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH MARYANNE NJUGUNA
  • E4 PATIENT CARE SYSTEMS AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH JAPHETH ASUNGU
  • E5 STROKE  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH DAVID SAGEKA
  • E6 CANCER  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH JOAN WANGARI
  • E7 DIABETES AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH PATRICK OMUSEBE
  • E8 CAREGIVING  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH ELDAH MORAA
  • E9 DIABETES PATIENT EXPIRIENCE  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH RENEE KIGUTA
  • E10 CANCER CHAMPION  AND COVID 19 LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE PANDEMICS WITH MOSES OMONDI

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STOWELINK JOINS THE NCD ALLIANCE OF KENYA IN CELEBRATING ITS 10 YEARS ADVOCACY ON NCDs

In an incredible event that also doubled up as the annual meeting for the members of the NCD alliance of Kenya, Stowelink joined the alliance on celebrating its 10 years in advocating for non-communicable diseases. Stowelink is privileged to have joined and worked with the alliance for 7 of the 10 years that it has been in existence making us one of the oldest members but also the first membership organization in the alliance that supported NCDs and young people initiatives.

As a youth led, youth focused organization, Stowelink continues to celebrate the work that the NCD alliance of Kenya has had in supporting its work in the NCDs space in Kenya. The NCDAK has been a pivotal institution that has ensured that young people s issues are constantly represented and advocated for at local and international levels. At Stowelink we will continue to work with the NCD alliance of Kenya to ensure that the youth agenda in conversations on NCDs are well represented.

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STOWELINK JOINS THE GLOBAL NCD ALLIANCE TO COMMEMORATE THE GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION ON NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

The annual Global Week for Action on NCDs seeks to ensure NCD prevention and management get the attention and action they deserve, everywhere, for everyone. In 2022, the focus was on bridging the NCD Investment gap. This year it was all about prioritizing the urgent need for increased NCD financing to prevent and treat NCDs and build resilient health systems that leave no one behind.

Stowelink joined the global NCDs alliance to commemorate the global week of action through sharing and amplifying our voices on action that we need implemented on the area of non-communicable diseases. Below are some of our messages in commemoration of this global week of action.

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STOWELINK TRAINED ON EDIBLE OILS AND FATS MONITORING AND POSSIBLE INDUSTRY INTERFERENCE 30-8-22

In a 3-day conference that started in August 30th Stowelink joined other local and international experts at Sawela Lodges for a training on edible oils and fats monitoring and possible industry interference. In this meeting discussions revolved around trans fats and possible industry interference. A lot of strategies on industry interference, possible avenues of collaboration with the health sector and possible policy and regulation items revolving around the topic were discussed and strategies developed.

Progress on the trans-fat industry from other global stakeholders in the training was also highlighted and one clear message was that trans fats need to be eliminated as soon as possible. However, in eliminating trans fats there was a strong potential for industry interference but also strong avenues for industry collaboration with the health sector to phase out trans fats in a sustainable manner.

To find out more about what trans fats are. visit our video series on trans fats on the link below.

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STOWELINK’S CHIEF PROGRAMS OFFICER FEATURED IN THE NCD DIARIES 2022 EDITION

As part of the Our Views, Our Voices initiative, the NCD Diaries are a participatory, community-based and multimedia storytelling project that illustrates and highlights individual lived experiences and calls for action on NCDs. The NCD Diaries use rich and immersive multimedia approaches to share lived experiences to drive change, using a public narrative framework.

The third series of the NCD Diaries project is based on the theme: my healthcare providers’ impact on my NCD Journey. Through their Diaries, the lived experience advocates shed light on this very foundational relationship between people living with NCDs and their healthcare providers, celebrating positive experiences as well as highlighting challenges.

Oduor Kevin, our Chief Programs Officer was featured in a visual diary. Oduor participated in this series, sharing his experience as a caregiver for his brother who is epileptic.

Read all about it on the link below:

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TRANSFATS TUESDAY: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRANSFATS.

Trans fats Tuesday is a weekly campaign brought to you by the International Institute of Legislative Affairs in partnership with Stowelink and other partners to shine a light on trans fats and its effects on health and well-being. As we know trans fats are the worst type of fats one could possibly have and its effects span across health including being a leading cause for cardiovascular diseases like stroke, high blood pressure and hypertension.

However, a lot of people do not know about trans fats and its effects. Therefore, in order to educate you on trans fats Stowelink developed a biweekly video series on YouTube to ensure that you are able to learn about trans fats in less than a minute every two weeks.

Watch and share the series with your networks via the links below.

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