A life long condition

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Maurice Ochieng, the Secretary General of Umuja, a diabetes and hypertension support group, is one of many people in his neighbourhood who suffers from both diseases.

“I found out I had an NCD when I was developing eye complications, so I went for a check up and that’s when I was told I have diabetes type 2,” wrote Maurice in his email about his experiences with NCDs.

He was 31 when he found out about his diabetes and has been living with it for the last five years. When he learned that he was diabetic, he had a lot of misconceptions about the condition. 

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The individual mind changes the world

A community NCD sensitization session in Huruma

Rono Vestors, a Kenya Red Cross volunteer attached to the NCD prevention and control project in Nairobi County, has been volunteering with the Red Cross to support NCD sufferers since he realised that they needed consistent help in terms of psychological support, awareness creation, frequent check-ups to lessen the risk factors, and also to adhere to proper care and management of their diseases.

About 55% of people who have diabetes also have hypertension. For this reason, on his visits Rono gets the view of each NCD sufferer he sees on their changes in blood pressure, BMI, sugar levels, nutrition and other related vitals.

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 Romance with a cigarette

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May was Anti-Tobacco Campaign Month, and the 31st of that month saw the World Health Organization (WHO) focus World No Tobacco Day 2018 on the impact that tobacco has on the cardiovascular system – namely how tobacco use is linked to cardiovascular diseases, including the development of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

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