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. While that picture is cause for concern, some developing nations are working on improving access to care and medicine in partnership with the Changing Diabetes in Children (CDIC) programme.
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. A further 2.3 billion people are at risk of developing the disease and it is expected to become the fifth leading cause of death globally by 2040.We spoke to patients with CKD, who now act as ambassadors, to hear their stories of discovery, awareness and advocacy.