Non-communicable diseases a threat to healthy ageing in Kenya and across Africa

Source: Helpage Kenya

Jamillah Mwanjisi

04 May 2016

The number of people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya is increasing. Urbanisation, an ageing population, and the adoption of unhealthy lifestyles that include poor diets, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are leading to a growing prevalence of conditions including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health in Kenya launched the first nationally representative survey presenting comprehensive information on NCDs and their risk factors. It aims to establish a surveillance platform for NCDs to better understand risk factors and causes to help improve the country’s policy and planning.

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