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Pedaling Towards Health: ADRA Malawi's Journey to Combat Non-Communicable Diseases

In the serene landscapes of Malawi, a silent yet significant health crisis unfolds. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes silently claim lives and strain healthcare systems. However, amidst these challenges, ADRA Malawi stands as a beacon of hope, leading a transformative effort to combat NCDs and improve the health and well-being of communities

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, ADRA Malawi has set an ambitious goal: to contribute to avoiding premature death and significantly reducing NCDs by 5% annually by 2024. This goal is not merely a target; it represents a commitment to improving health outcomes and making healthy life expectancy more equitable for all.

Central to ADRA Malawi's approach is community empowerment. The organization is working tirelessly to create functional NCD support groups in Mangochi, Ntchisi, and Rumphi by 2024. These groups serve as more than just a source of support; they are lifelines, providing education, resources, and a sense of community for those affected by NCDs.

In parallel, ADRA Malawi is sensitizing communities, through engagement with church and mosque structures and village communities. By raising awareness and promoting healthy behaviors, ADRA Malawi is laying the foundation for long-term change and improved health outcomes.

Recently, ADRA Malawi visited Ntchisi to support non-communicable disease support groups by providing bicycles for better mobility. The impact of this initiative has been profound. Connex Choso, a member of the Kanyolonyolo support group, expressed his gratitude, highlighting how the bicycles have eased their mobility challenges.

Noel Ngwata, a medical assistant from Malomo Health Centre, emphasized the importance of early detection facilitated by the support groups and how it is helping people to receive treatment at an early stage. He also highlighted how the bicycles will help the support groups reach more people.

The Group Village Headman Kachowa from Traditional Authority Chilowoko commended ADRA Malawi for the positive change the project has brought to the community “Previously, community members had to walk long distances to hospitals for check-ups, but now, with the NCD support groups and improved access to care, they can receive timely assistance”

As ADRA Malawi continues its journey to combat NCDs, it invites others to join in. Together, we can create a healthier and more sustainable future for all by raising awareness, promoting healthy lifestyles, and supporting those affected by NCDs, we can overcome this global health challenge and build a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.

Join us on this journey towards better health for all. Together, we can achieve our goal and create a healthier future for Malawi and beyond.


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