By Municipal Reporter
City of Harare has joined Global Partnership for Healthy Cities in a positive development that will see the local authority receiving financial assistance from Bloomberg Philanthropies and World Health Organization (WHO) to address non-communicable diseases.
This has been revealed by Harare City Mayor his Worship Hebert Gomba at a Press Conference held at Town House today.
According to Mayor Gomba the partnership has been accompanied by a tune of USD 100,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies as the City is committed to save lives through prevention of non-communicable diseases.
“City of Harare has joined a
global partnership for healthy cities funded to the tune of US$100,000 by
Bloomberg Philanthropies. As part of 70 global cities that are participating in this
programme, we will receive technical assistance from the World Health
Organization (WHO) and the non-profit Vital Strategies. Our
initiative/programme runs through 2020. ”
“We are now part of the global family of cities committed to saving lives by
preventing non-communicable diseases (or NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes,
heart diseases among a host of other and I am glad to announce that my Council has
become part of bold leaders geared to improve public health and help contain the
scourge of NCDs.”
A Global Blueprint will be implemented in the City of Harare and subsequently followed by population based survey to be conducted in order to obtain the necessary data from the residents regarding risk factors for Non Communicable Diseases between January and December 2020.
“Here in Harare, we will be doing a population-
based survey of risk factors for NCDs and or injuries and as part of the Partnership
for Healthy Cities, our efforts in this area will have even greater impact and we are implementing a global blueprint for effective urban health. We will carry out a
population based survey on the prevalence of non-communicable diseases.”
“The survey and analysis will be done between January and December 2020. This will
help Harare to get statistics and understand the extent of NCDs with a view of
coming up with commensurate interventions. Non communicable diseases have
been on the increase in Harare and nationally.”
On record Non Communicable Diseases have proved to be the major attributes of high mortality rate with the current statistics obtain by WHO showing that 41 million people die annually and at local level a survey will point at NCDs such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, cancers, diseases of bones
and joints and mental illness.
“Globally, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have become one of the leading
causes of mortality and according to WHO, 41 million deaths are attributable to NCD’s each year; an equivalent to 71% of all mortalities
globally together with injuries caused by road crashes, this number rises to 80%
of deaths worldwide.”
“In Harare, the survey will look into NCDs which include Cardiovascular Disease
(CVD) such as hypertension, stroke and heart attacks, and other chronic
conditions that include; diabetes, chronic lung disease, cancers, diseases of bones
and joints and mental illness.”
Historically, NCDs were seen as a health problem predominantly in rich and
economically developed countries however, in recent times NCDs
disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries where more
than three quarters of global NCD deaths; approximately 32million each year