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lab 5: Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in Kenya

The challenge

How might we improve chronic disease prevention and control in Kenya?


Kenya is experiencing an epidemiological transition in its diseases burden from infections to noncommunicable conditions. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a major public health concern with significant social and economic implications in terms of health care needs, lost productivity and premature death.


NCDs account for

  • 27% of total deaths
  • 50% of total hospital admissions


Main groups of NCDs

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Cancer Diseases
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Diabetes


Major risk factors for NCDs

  • Tobacco use
  • Harmful use of alcohol
  • Unhealthy diets
  • Physical inactivity


Fortunately, with appropriate expertise and resources, NCDs are largely preventable. The lab of tomorrow will focus on creating innovative, business-driven solutions to prevent and control NCDs.


The possibilities to improve chronic disease prevention are manifold and imply different challenges.

In order to develop all-embracing business solutions, diverse companies have already committed themselves to lead specific subchallenges.

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