Health
Non communicable diseases are a big threat
Publish Date: Jul 27, 2014
Non communicable diseases are a big threat
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By John Agaba

Emily Katarikawe, the Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) managing director has described non-communicable diseases — that include, among others, cancer and hypertension — as the new problem threatening humanity the world over that needs “immediate” attention.

“The world is now bothered with non-communicable diseases. How can we eliminate diabetes? How can we find a cure for cancer? These are the diseases posing a threat. And as Ugandans, we cannot afford to lag behind — because we can wake up when it is too late,” Katarikawe said.     
She was speaking at the launch of UHMG’s new five-year strategic plan that will see the group expand their outreach to also include health promotions in areas like cancer, hypertension, et all.

UHMG, known for its dedication to reduction of HIV incidences in the country, is perhaps more popular for its clear-cut and in-your-face messages against the virus like that famous “Get off the Sexual Network” advert.

But in the new five-year strategic plan, announced Thursday, the group will also look to spreading the campaign in the fight against non-communicable diseases.

“We want to also focus on these diseases (non-communicable diseases) because they are a threat,” Katarikawe said at the group’s offices in Kampala.

“Statistics show they are on the rise, even here in Uganda,” she added.

She, however, said that focusing on non-communicable diseases didn’t mean they were abandoning maternal and child health and HIV plus malaria which continues to be the number one killer disease in the country.

UHMG started in 2006 with a mandate to market safe health practices in Uganda.

Since 2007, it has promoted family planning, use of insecticide treated mosquito nets and condom use.

It has also supported a network of private clinics — the Good Life Clinics located country wide — complementing the work of the ministry of health.

“The challenge is that we can’t reach everyone. But it is out target to try as much as we can and reach services to the people, especially those in the rural areas,” Katarikawe said.

She said they were now operating in about 90 districts in Uganda.

Access to quality health remains a challenge in Uganda. And the high numbers of children who die before five years and the number of women who die while giving birth, only manifest a need for quick interventions. We are lagging behind in promotion of woman health and reduction of child mortality.

A new UNAIDS report released Thursday says Uganda has the highest percentage of new HIV infections in eastern Africa. Globally, the country comes in third position after South Africa and Nigeria.

Prof. David Serwadda from the Makerere University School of Public Health and UHMG founder member, said: “We know what we are supposed to do. We know if you give people ARVs, you reduce their chance of infecting their partners. We know about elimination of mother to child transmissions. What we need is commitment to scale up these interventions.”

The function was also used to send off AFFORD, a USAID-funded health marketing group which has been partnering with UHMG.

Leslie Reed, the US mission director, said, the US was committed to reaching care to vulnerable communities especially people living with HIV.

RELATED ARTICLES

Red meat consumption linked to breast cancer

Cervical cancer: Uganda’s leading silent killer of women

Women shun cervical cancer treatment
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Condoms
Ugandan MPs have been inundated with complaints that many condoms on sale are too small, warning the problem is a blow to the fight against AIDS....
New super-thin, skin-like condom being developed
The billionaire philanthropist says progress is being made on developing a "next-generation" ultra-thin, skin-like condom that could offer better sexual pleasure,...
Students push for Tobacco Control Bill passing
Students from five universities are petitioning parliament to pass the tobacco control bill, arguing that it has stayed too long on the shelf....
Mulago Hospital improves patients’ diet
Uganda’s national referral health facility Mulago Hospital has made adjustments to the meals it serves its in-patients, with a special diet introduced....
Obama: Ebola crisis
President Barack Obama issues a global call to action to fight the Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak was "spiraling out of control"....
200 Ugandan patients for sickle cell drug trial
At least 200 patients are to take part in a clinical trial for a more effective drug used to treat sickle cell anaemia....
Should bride price be made optional?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter