Facing Forward is a series of 25 short films and 10 articles from Lebanon,
Ghana, Guinea, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Kenya, Thailand and the Pacific Islands,
amongst other countries. You can explore the series under three headings:
Understanding NCDs, Increasing access to care, and Leading the way.
Every child deserves a healthy and happy childhood. But for people like Bilkhissa who grew up with type 1 diabetes, limited access to services, poverty, and stigma can make this complicated.
The greatest rise in diabetes prevalence is projected to occur in Africa, but the continent spends the least on diabetes care as a proportion of global annual healthcare spending.
Your home address should not define your quality of life – but for Maria, managing multiple health issues in a rural Brazilian village miles from a health clinic, it does.
They are known as "the silent pandemic". They cause over 41 millions deaths a year. They disproportionately affect the world's poorest. But what actually are noncommunicable diseases?
Increasing access to care
In Accelerating Health Podcast we talk to people and communities that are impacted by NCD’s, and hear from those who are exploring innovative solutions through research and technology to make sure access to NCD care is equitable and fair.
High blood pressure is on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, with a high-salt diet one of the well established risk factors. Raised blood pressure, as a result of consuming high levels of sodium in salt, increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes, which are now the leading causes of death in developing nations.
Worldwide, more than 850 million people have some form of kidney disease. We spoke to patients with CKD, who now act as ambassadors, to hear their stories of discovery, awareness and advocacy.
How do you broach a difficult conversation? Many of those at risk of a stroke struggle to discuss the possibility it could happen to them.
The Angels Initiative has been helping to transform almost 6000 hospitals in 130 countries worldwide to date, helping millions of stroke patients in the process. Now they plan to save even more lives by taking their message into the community.
More than half of people living with NCDs reported they felt isolated during the pandemic, and 50% thought their condition had worsened in lockdown.Partnerships are building bridges between isolated patients and their healthcare systems to improve their care.
Leading the way
Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of preventing non-communicable diseases, but it has set back some on-the-ground health advocacy work. The Healthy Caribbean Coalition aims to reduce the impact of the next pandemic.