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Care of chain and referral for NCDs management - "CARECHAIN-NCD"

Principal Investigator: Andrew Katende

Project leader/ Coordinator: Martin Rohacek

Project Administrator: Priscilla Mlay

Funding Partner: Else Kroner Fresenius Foundation

Start date: May 1, 2023

End date: April 30, 2028

Care of chain and referral for NCDs management - "CARECHAIN-NCD"

Care of chain and referral for NCDs management - "CARECHAIN-NCD"

This project aims to tackle the high burden of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that are currently affecting a large population of the world.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), NCDs cause approximately 41 million deaths globally whereby 86% of these deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries.

The primary objective of the CARECHAIN-NCD project as it will be simply known, is to bring a relevant impact on population health by increasing community awareness of NCDs for better prevention. In particular, CARECHAIN-NCD aims to have the following impact;

  1. Reduce rates of complications of NCDs
  2. Reduce the socio-economic burden of NCDs
  3. Reduce NCD burden due to better prevention

The project will be implemented in three sites - Mlimba district, Ifakara Town Council and in Bagamoyo. Project activities will include community events involving NCD training and screening in selected 20 centres within study sites. The activities will involve community healthcare workers and will be done in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Tanzania.

The CARECHAIN-NCD project will be conducted by Ifakara Health Institute in collaboration with multiple partners from Europe and Tanzania. From Europe, they are; ChariteĢ – University Hospital, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), and University Hospital Basel. In Tanzania, the collaborating partners include; St. Francis Referral Hospital (SFRH), Bagamoyo District Hospital (BDH), TaNCDP, MoH, Tanzania Diabetic Alliance, GSCH, and Norvartis.

The project duration is five years starting from January 2023 until April 2028 with funding and support from Else Kroner Fresenius Foundation.