On Wednesday November 11, screening sessions for chronic noncommunicable diseases (CND) were organized at the medical and social centre in the Niamey Bluezone.
The aim of the screening was to redirect persons suffering with diabetes, high blood pressure or respiratory diseases towards the appropriate specialised health centres.
Dozens of people of all ages, both men and women, came to the Niamey Bluezone to take advantage of the free screening. Access to this service is of particular importance for the majority of the population at risk, as they typically have low resources and suffer from a lack of information.
The full significance of the initiative is put into perspective by the chronic noncommunicable disease statistics published by WHO (World Health Organisation):
- 36 million deaths each year.
- Nearly 80% of deaths caused by NCD, i.e. 29 million people, occur in countries with low or intermediary income.
- Over 9 million deaths attributed to chronic noncommunicable diseases occur before the age of 60, 90% of these being recorded in countries with low or intermediary income.
- Cardiovascular diseases are the cause of the highest number of NCD, totaling 17.3 million deaths per year.
- This is followed by cancer (7.6 million), respiratory diseases (4.2 million) and diabetes (1.3 million1).