Engaging individuals, communities and government to bring the NCDs into the public spotlight and on national agenda. We are partnering with both health and non-health sectors to urge community behavior changes such doing physical activities, regularly NCDs check-up and eating healthier diet as the vital factors in the prevention of NCDs. It also underlines the need for continued advocacy for and support of screening initiatives nationwide as part of a comprehensive prevention and treatment response to the diseases.
Knowledge Sharing & Capacity Development
To address NCDs requires appropriate human capacity with knowledge and skills. Thus, we collectively work with members to organize and carry out various education and capacity development activities. For example, home-based nutrition practices, the establishment of NCD youth clubs in the community and schools, NCD youth Camps, Community Health Camps, NCD inter-school competitions, conferences, workshops, symposia and training.
Through the above, we increase NCDs knowledge, their risk factors and preventive measures among members to expand the impact of national advocacy and awareness on NCDs.
NCD Awareness & Healthy Life Education
We are committed to bridging the gap in NCDs' knowledge, particularly in refining the community work to prevent NCDs effectively. As well as promote early detection, appropriate lifestyle behaviour counselling to improve NCD-related knowledge, self-care and build commitment for actions.
By doing this, we mainly focus on theories and strategies driving changes for health-affecting modifiable behaviours through disseminating NCDs promotion materials such as brochures, flyers, posters, hanging banners in public spaces, outreach programs, and mostly join national efforts in celebration of International Health Days.
Additionally, we took the initiative of appearing in online newspapers, Radio and Television stations with various NCDs-related topics for awareness and education.
Research & Advocacy
We conduct evidence-based advocacy because of research findings to influence decision-making, either policy or practice; Aiming for positive and effective interventions to prevent and control non-communicable diseases. Working closely with the community, they grant us an opportunity to identify, understand, and prove advocacy issues from NCDs’ angles. We do this through research, community dialogues, NCD focus group discussions, interviews, and observations.
This approach enables us to bring forward the community’s needs, priorities and sakes by putting fundamental problems on the NCDs agenda. We then present findings in high-level meetings, media appearances, facilitate newspapers to do special features on NCDs, share stories/testimonies, publish articles, and organize local conferences/workshops for research reports publication, hence advocates for priorities.
Empower & Engage People Living With NCDs
People living with NCDs should be empowered to become agents of change for an effective NCD response. Consequent to their meaningful involvement in decision-making processes, people living with NCDs are fundamental pillars in providing critical inputs on the design and implementation of NCDs programs.
However, for people living with NCDs to take advantage of any potential involvement opportunities in advocacy and awareness; skills such as speaking out, leadership, capacity to provide constructive criticism, etc... are frequently required.
Responding to this, we hugely contribute to the empowerment and advocate for the involvement of People Living with NCDs. We welcome people living with NCDs to participate actively and consult them in project design and implementation, capacity building sessions, awareness activities, development of advocacy tools, engage them in volunteering opportunities, and recruit them to lead projects.