The City of Kigali kicks off the 5th mass campaign on NCDs prevention

On December11, 2019, the Vice Mayor of City of Kigali in Charge of Socio-Economic Affairs together with Dr Innocent Turate, Head of Department of IHDPC at Rwanda Biomedical Centre launched the week of mass awareness campaign on communicable diseases prevention and free screening

 It is the 5th campaign from 2016 which aims on raising awareness on non-communicable disease and taking measures on affected ones.

 During the campaign week that start from 9th to 15th December 2019, three sites have been selected for this event. There is Car Free Zone in Nyarugenge district, Zinia Market in Kicukiro District and Kimironko Market in Gasabo district and the same services have been provided at all health centres in Kigali

Activities on sites include behavior change communication vis-à-vis non communicable disease risk factors and screening for HTA, Glycemia and BMI by trained volunteers.

 The campaign was organized by The City of Kigali in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Rwanda Biomedical Center and Enabel, the Belgian development agency.

At the same day, the city of Kigali in partnership with Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) also inaugurates a health wellness room in the line of beating non- communicable diseases among the staff and the room is equipped with needed materials. Staff will test themselves after trainings provided by RBC coaches.

 Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century, in terms of both the human suffering they cause and the harm they inflict on the socioeconomic fabric of countries.

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