The International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs in conjunction with key stakeholders among them the Ministry of Health, The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the Kenya Red Cross have partnered with an aim of taming non communicable diseases. the agencies have to this effect drawn a report dubbed the global burden of the disease.
According to Dr. Joseph Kibachio from the ministry of health the report dubbed the Global Burden of the Disease, a first of its kind explores challenges the country has faced over the last 23 years in tackling non-communicable diseases.
Dr. Kibachio says non communicable diseases are on the rise as more attention has been given to communicable diseases. Kibachio also says non communicable diseases are not confined to certain ages as was previously the case but all persons are now vulnerable to the diseases.
Dr. Tom Achoki from the Institute for Health Hospitals notes that obesity is rising especially among women while men lead in smoking related ailments.
He also says hypertension is leading cause of death among young persons of between 29-44 years.
The report indicates Kenya has made improvements since the 1990s in alleviating the health of children and mothers.
The report focuses on addressing four major non communicable diseases which are cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.