Latest version of the NCDs benchmarking exercise Jan 2015

The latest version of the 2014 NCDs Benchmarking exercise conducted by the South African NCDs Alliance can be found here.  Click here to download. It is in the process of final modification for publication later this month.

The NCD Benchmarking Exercise assesses the national capacity for responding to NCDs framed by a civil society perspective.

It is framed to complement national reporting processes on NCDs, as well as WHO monitoring on NCDs.
It includes elements of the NCD national response/capacity that are not reflected in official government/WHO reporting, such as elements that relate to civil society organization engagement and capacity.

The benchmarking tool was developed in consultation with an expert working group of the NCD Alliance.
It is piloted as part of the NCD Alliance programme “Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action” in Brazil, the Caribbean Community and South Africa.
The programme is funded by a generous grant from Medtronic Philanthropy.

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Breast cancer – know your medical scheme benefits

Credits: The Council for Medical Schemes Script Newsletter Issue 13 2014

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in rich and poor countries. In 2012, breast cancer was present in 6.3 million women worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death among women with over 522 000 deaths recorded in 2012. According to the National Cancer Registry, 1 in 27 South African women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Men can get breast cancer but it is rarely diagnosed. Conditions related to breast cancer are prescribed minimum benefit (PMB) conditions. To read more, please click here.

If you are a member of a medical scheme you need to understand the concept of PMBs. For more information click here.

In memory of Yvonne October 2014

Read NCDs Freedom Fighters Report

call to action ncds meeting png

At last!  Here is the stakeholder report from our “Call to NCDs Action” meeting in February.

It outlines SA NCDs Plan and targets for 2020, our stakeholder network, SWOT analysis and a short-term multisector action plan.

SA NCDs Stakeholders Meeting Report 16June 2014 final

The 16th June is our own special holiday to commemorate the Student Uprising in 1976 – Youth Day. We offer this report as a tiny part of the legacy for the youth of South Africa.

Remember how we all dressed in red to support heart health for women and children?  That and the CANSA bandannas helped us to bond.

Now we all know that red is the colour of one of our top trade unions. Since then we have had the elections. The scenes from the swearing parliamentarians dressed in the very red of the new party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

At a NCDs presentation I made there was uproarious laughter at the picture of us all dressed in red. I was a bit miffed, a complete failure of humour, not understanding what the audience was laughing at. Now I do… I was so engrossed in the NCDs Freedom Fighters that it was my colour. Long live NCDs Freedom Fighters. Long live.

SA NCD Alliance one year action plan

The SA NCD Alliance and 100 stakeholders agreed to a short-term action plan. The main points of agreement are listed below but without suggesting which one is most important.

  1. Support the National NCDs Plan but to hold government accountable
  2. Collaborate to fight NCDs (within and across sectors) in the NCDs Multisectoral Working Group (nMWG)
  3. SA NCD Alliance to be the lead organisation in the fight against the NCDs
  4. Strengthen national NCDs research agenda and capacity
  5. Use the national civil society non-communcable disease report as a NCDs advocacy tool
  6. Unrelenting action to strengthen NCDs systems culminating in a stakeholder meeting in August 2014

Read the finer details and see the process that we used to come to this action plan NCDs PRIORITIES FOR ACTION may 2014 final