Integrated Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention, Care and Support Project (Zinakekele Project)
Funding Cycle: April 2014 to September 2016
Staff: 10 staff members (1 professional nurse, 2 enrolled nurses, 1 data capturer and 6 community care givers)
The Integrated NCD Prevention Care and Support (Zinakekele) Project was launched in Newcastle, Amajuba District on 12 November 2014 with 2 staff members (1 enrolled nurse and 1 community care giver). The Project is a Public Private Partnership between the Department of Health, Metropolitan and the District Implementing Partner, Kheth’Impilo.
The aim of the project is to raise awareness of NCDs; promote healthy living in the communities, thus preventing NCDs; screen individuals for NCDs, and refer accordingly those who are at risk or found to be having NCDs. The other important objective is to promote adherence to treatment, thus good control of the disease, amongst those already on medication.
This project supports the policy objectives of the Integrated Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle programme for Amajuba district, KwaZulu-Natal province:
- To reduce the common risk factors through essential public health action;
- To increase overall awareness and understanding of the common risk factors of NCDs through health promotion and disease prevention;
- To encourage the strengthening and implementation of this program at PHC and community level.(integrating the NCDs program into clinic programs).
2 schools, one rural Phendukani High School and one peri-urban Mandlamasha
The Zinakekele team members attended a total of 2 490 events during this financial year where screening was done for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including screening for blood pressure, blood glucose, blood cholesterol, and obesity using Body Mass Index (BMI). Out of the 2 490 screened, 205 were Grade 12 learners, of whom 50% were found to be either overweight or obese (BMI of 25 or more).
All individuals found to have abnormal readings or any risk factors for NCDs were referred to health care facilities for further management. These individuals were also linked to the DOH Family Health Teams.
The implementation of the integrated NCD Prevention Care and Support (Zinakekele) Project has generated increased demand of the services provided by the project. Stakeholders like the DOH, e.g. District and Local Municipalities, Dept. of Social Development, etc, always invite the Zinakekele Team whenever they have events in the community. The funding cycle for this project runs till September 2016; it will be worthwhile to continue with this project considering the enormous numbers of the community who have benefited from it.