Noncommunicable diseases

  • Approximately 41 million deaths result from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) each year. This translates to around 7 out of 10 people dying from NCDs globally.

 

  • 85% of deaths that occur prematurely from NCDs take place in low-income and middle-income countries.

 

  • 80% of all premature NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases and diabetes.

 

  • The four metabolic risk factors that increase the risk of NCDs are high blood pressure, overweight/obesity, high blood sugar levels and high levels of fat in the blood.

 

  • NCD risk can be lowered through behavior change, such as not smoking, increasing physical activity, eating a healthy diet and limiting alcohol use. 

 

  • A comprehensive approach is needed to prevent and manage noncommunicable diseases.

 

Our goal

To improve the overall standard of living by providing comprehensive health services focusing on noncommunicable diseases and to increase financial self-reliance among individuals living in rural villages in the Dang district of Gujarat, India.

 

How we get there

UHRU partners with Gram Seva Trust to improve access to health care in rural communities in Gujarat, India. Through the Aadivasi Aarogya sambhal & Aarthik vikas (AAA) Project, we provide a combination of health and rural development activities in rural villages in the Dang district of India.

Comprehensive Health Services

Conduct weekly mobile health clinics, follow-up and referral services and health education sessions to improve overall health.

 

Build capacity and train village level health workers to provide comprehensive health services and guide health and development programs. 

 

Rural Development Activities

Engage rural community members in development activities, such as the Sangee Sanitary Napkin Project, Smokeless Gas Stove Distribution Program and sewing classes for adolescent girls to improve health outcomes and promote income generation.