NCDs+ Blog

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 Dr. Vicki Pinkney Atkinson

Vicki is the CEO of the SANCDA+ and writes the blog in her personal capacity as a person living with nearly 20 NCDs+ some since birth.

3rd NCDs+ NSP final draft April 2022

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Coming soon NCDs+ national strategy

After 8 years of advocacy the South African NCDs strategy takes reality into account. To be launched in Somerset East it puts people at the...

COVID-19 comorbidities uncovered NCDs = 90%

Better late than never. And it is only until October last year. Comorbidities are published once and not routinely by NICD. Oh now, the second wave is over "we will publish another list." Really? This requires some myth-busting action from the National Department of...

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Insulin in the time of Covid-19

Insulin in the time of Covid-19

It is our third week of hosting the #diabetes helpline. One clear message is that access to #insulin and other supplies are problematic in the public sector for those with #type1diabetes or #type2diabetes. Insulin is injected and must be administered as prescribed and...

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NCDs cause most disability in South Africa

NCDs cause most disability in South Africa

The leading cause of disablity in South Africa is hardly a surprise, HIV/AIDS. And, the good news is that there is a 10% reduction compared to 2007.But what this image shows is that NCDs (the blue dots) remain the largest group illnesses to cause disability...

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Comment on NCDs policy draft concept note April 2019

An NCDs concept note, that is set to inform the expired national NCDs policy, is up for comment following a stakeholder consultation in April 2019. Its purpose is to frame and inform South African NCDs policy for the next 5 years. It is the first policy developed in...

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NCDs insanity – rewriting health policy

The South African elections are over, and it is back to business. It needs to be business as unusual in the case of NCDs prevention and management. Business as unusual? Einstein characterised insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different...

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