NCDAK is a spearhead in the fight against non-communicable diseases in Kenya

Dr. Karekezi also mentioned that food environment policy projects are underway in 10 provinces, with another 35 on board across the country, to create policy actions focused on healthy diets.

She stressed that although NCDs are widespread, they are not a death sentence and can be addressed appropriately.

Dr. Karekezi expressed concern about the use of herbal medicines to treat non-communicable diseases due to possible drug interactions This could further complicate the patient’s condition and advised patients to keep their doctors informed if they choose to use herbal remedies.

Dr. Shukri Mohamed, Associate Research Scientist at the Chronic Diseases Management Unit of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), stated that unhealthy diet and malnutrition are important factors contributing to the prevalence of non-communicable diseases.

Dr. Shukri Mohamed, Associate Research Scientist at the Chronic Disease Management Unit under the Health and Wellbeing Theme at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

These diets consist of foods and drinks high in energy (calories), salt, sugar and fats (including industrial trans fats). Sche proposed a mandatory standardized Front-of-Package (FOP) system to empower consumers and create a healthier food supply chain, adding that nutrition labelling is necessary to promote healthy diets and reduce the prevalence of NCDs.

According to the World Health Organization, investing in non-communicable diseases has been proven to contribute to lower healthcare costs and greater economic development.

The NCD burden threatens Kenya’s quest to advance Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a central pillar of health reforms agenda that includes prevention and care of non-communicable diseases.