Africa faces a double burden of infectious and chronic diseases. While infectious diseases still account for at least 69%, over the next ten years the continent is projected to experience the largest increase in death rates from cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes. African health systems are weak and national investments in healthcare training and service delivery continue to prioritise infectious and parasitic diseases. There is a strong consensus that Africa faces significant challenges in chronic disease research, practice and policy.
HelpMadina is involved in providing training and equipment to support the Nurses of the Madina Clinic to introduce screening for hypertension and diabetes. Chronic Disease clinics have now been established to help manage these patients.
As well as screening and providing treatment, a lot of emphasis is placed on health education.