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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NEW RESEARCH ALERT: EFFECT OF COVID 19 CRISIS ON MENTAL HEALTH AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN 18-35 YEARS IN KENYA

Stowelink’s executives recently published a new research article on the effect of COVID 19 on the state of mental health of young people in Kenya. This paper is part of our commitment to contribute to the ever-growing body of research and evidence that is important in improving and enhancing evidence for policy, decision making and education.

Enjoy the abstract below and click on the link to read the full paper.

Introduction: In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Ministry of Health in Kenya putting in place stringent COVID-19 guidelines to curb the spread of this disease including lockdowns and restrictions to public gatherings disrupting the normal communications, activities and engagements that the young people usually had prior to

the pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis also led to an economic downturn further negatively affecting young people. This purpose of this study was to therefore analyze the effect of COVID-19 crisis on mental health among young people between the ages of 18-35 years in Kenya.

Methods: Cross-sectional research was carried out in Nairobi Kenya where youth aged 18 to 35 years responded to an online survey. A total of 272 participants completed the questionnaire which included a biodata section and a section aimed at measuring depression using the standardized self-reporting Depression Analysis Tool- PHQ9 and measure resilience using the standardized The Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) and Brief Resilient Coping Scale (BRCS).

Results: The findings from the study indicated that COVID-19 contributed to the rising mental health challenges in young people during the pandemic period. In terms of depression, the study found out that that up to 65.9% of the respondents reported having severe to mild depression with the male having more reported depression than their female counterparts. The study also showed that about 61.6% of participants had normal resilience but a significant 29.5% had low resilience in coping with the disrupted state caused by the COVID -19 crisis. The research also found out that just over half of the young people (55.3%) were able to cope with the existing challenges from the pandemic.

Conclusions and recommendations: The study demonstrated a strong correlation between the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on mental health of young people. Therefore, the study recommends the development, strengthening and implementation of a mental health preparedness and response strategy for future pandemics and crisis situations.

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STOWELINK MAKES A PRESENTATION AT THE NCD ALLIANCE OF KENYA STAKEHOLDERS MEETING 20-7-22

On July 20 22 Stowelink joined other stakeholders at the NCD Alliance of Kenya stakeholders meeting whose main agenda was for the various stakeholders in the NCDs space in the country to update each other on the various projects and initiatives they were working on and find possible points of collaboration.

Stowelink was privileged to make a presentation on this day talking about its ongoing 5-year flagship project NCD 365 project which aims at using digital tools technologies and avenues to improve on NCDs education and advocacy and literacy. We also updated on our partnerships with the international institute f legislative affairs where we continue to advocate for trans-fat elimination in the country through policy action. More than that we also mentioned our works in the cardiovascular health space running the may measurement month and spearheading action on innovation in the digital health space.

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STOWELINK FEATURED IN THE QUALITY HEALTHCARE KENYAN AWARDS MAGAZINE 2022

As the winners of this years innovation in healthcare award we once again were featured in The Quality Health Care Kenyan Awards Magazine where our story of impact was highlighted. This continues to emphasize the contribution that we continue to have in the Kenyan health care community and as Stowelink we are proud of championing and advocating for the health care innovation in the country.

Quality healthcare Kenyan awards takes a health system strengthening approach to improve standards of health service delivery among health professionals by recognizing outstanding performance, promoting a culture of continuous Quality Improvement, advocating for strong partnerships between health providers and users, fostering innovation and the use of information technology, sharing of best practices, uniting the public and private sectors towards a common goal and creating a platform for collaboration.

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