Non-Communicable Diseases

To improve the health of people afflicted with NCDs in resource-limited countries, EKFS launched a special call for proposals aimed at this thematic priority for the first time in 2022. Starting now, an overarching program is to be established, effective immediately.
NCDs (non-communicable diseases)

The group of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) includes diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory illnesses and psychological disorders. Since 2015 they are deemed to be the most frequent cause of death worldwide. Each year up to 40 million people die of NCDs in countries whose resources are limited.
 

Else Kröner Center

Two projects in Zambia and Tanzania, each with a term of five years, have been funded with a total of 2.4 million euros since 2022. At the center of both grants is the respective development of a new Else Kröner Center. The goal set for these two centers is to act as one-stop clinics by offering inclusive services ranging from making diagnoses all the way to caring for those affected by NCDs.

Since 2015
the most frequent
cause of death worldwide
Else Kröner Center in Zambia

Name: “Enhanced and sustainable containment of the non-communicable disease epidemic in Zambia through evidence-based service integration (CoNoCo)”

Project management: Dr. Andreas Deckert, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Heidelberg (collaboration with Dr. Florian Neuhann)

Cooperation: Chreso Ministries and Chreso University (Dr. Jonas Chongo, Prof. Christopher Simoonga), Dept. of Nephrology, University Hospital Heidelberg (Prof. Martin Zeier), University Hospital Heidelberg Central Laboratory (Dr. Maik Brune), and Prof. Hans-Michael Steffen (University of Cologne)

This integrative approach is set on expanding the existing infrastructure in place for the infectious disease HIV to include non-communicable diseases and encompasses lifestyle counseling along with the diagnosis and treatment of endangered persons. Scientific studies are embedded to assess the healthcare situation in communities, test interventions and notify decision-makers.
 

Else Kröner Center in Tansania

Name: “Strengthening health systems to establish a chain of care and referral for management of non-communicable diseases in hard-to-reach populations of rural Tanzania CARECHAIN-NCD”

Project management: PD Dr. Thomas Zoller, Speciality Network: Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Medicine, Charité – University Hospital Berlin 

Cooperation: Ifakara Health Institute (Dr. Andrew Katende) and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (PD Dr. Martin Rohacek)

The overarching objective is the improvement of NCD care in rural and hard-to-reach areas within the Kilombero District in Central Tanzania and the Bagamoyo District along the coast. The intention is to raise awareness regarding NCDs, improve prevention and train professional healthcare staff. A supply chain extending from villages to the referral center is supposed to be established by involving local partners.
 

Expansion of the NCD program

Planned for the future is to continue to build up and enhance the NCD program within EKFS through targeted special calls for proposals. This development scheme is gaining particular urgency because the subject of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in resource-limited countries represents an issue that is equally acute yet left unattended to until now.
Funds amounting to 1.3 million euros were announced for allocation in 2023. The decision on funding allocation approval is estimated to take place during the first half of 2024.
 

Strategic goal

The goal is to achieve a sustainable empowerment of healthcare personnel on the basic healthcare level and a sustainable strengthening of the local health systems. The intention is to improve the quality of and accessibility to clarification, diagnosis and treatment of NCDs – given the fact that the costs towards combating and treating NCDs are lowest at an early stage. For patients requiring an additional continuity of care, a swift and smoothly functioning referral ought to be made possible within the health system.

40 million
people
die of NCDs each year

Other forms of EKFS financng with a focus on NCDs

The foundation also supports projects involved in the field of NCDs via the regular humanitarian funding line at EKFS. The following projects provide an exemplary impression of which types of activities pertaining to this focus are being supported in various country contexts listed with the OECD DAC or have been funded in the past. You can find more information about the regular funding line here.

You can also find our projects being funded along with their respective focal points under Currently Funded Projects.
 

Pharmacist without Borders Germany $ Improvement of therapy access and adherence for NCD-patients in slums

Organisation: Pharmacist without Borders Germany / Apotheker ohne Grenzen Deutschland e.V.

Partner country: Argentina

Partner organisation in partner country: Health Centre No. 16
 

You can find more information about the project here.

BNITM $ Controlling cervical cancer through the implementation of HPV vaccination in Madagascar: providing evidence for implementation strategies – CHIMPS

Organisation: BNITM

Project: Controlling cervical cancer through the implementation of HPV vaccination in Madagascar: providing evidence for implementation strategies – CHIMPS

Partner country: Madagaskar

Partner organisation in partner country:

  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Tambohobe, Fianarantsoa
  • CHU PZAGA, Mahajanga
  • Centre d’Infectiologie Charles Mérieux

You can find more information about the project here.

CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission e.V. $ Research to prevent blindness through improving glaucoma care in Tanzania

Organisation: CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission e.V.

Project: Research to prevent blindness through improving glaucoma care in Tanzania

Partner country: Tanzania

Partner organisation in partner country: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) Eye Department in Moshi
 

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin $ Balamu - NCD Research, Education and Care

Organisation: Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Project: Balamu - NCD Research, Education and Care

Partnerland: Uganda

Partner organisation in partner country: The African Community Centre for Social Sustainability (ACCESS)

You can find more information about the project here.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) $ EATS Indonesia

Organisation: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

Project: EATS Indonesia

Partner country: Indonesien

Partner organisation in partner country:

  • Universitas Indonesia (UI) - Jakarta
  • Universitas Hasanuddin (UnHas) - Tamalanrea Makassar
  • Indonesian Society of ObsGyn (ISOG) - Jakarta
  • Indonesian Pediatric Society (IPS) - Jakarta
  • Indonesian Midwives Association (IMA) - Jakarta
  • Indonesian Ministry of Health (MoH) – Jakarta

Nähere Informationen über das Projekt erhalten Sie hier.

Louvain Coopération (LC) $ Partnerschaft für Verbesserung und Prävention im Bereich der psychischen Gesundheit

Organisation: Louvain Coopération (LC)

Project: Partnerschaft für Verbesserung und Prävention im Bereich der psychischen Gesundheit

Partner country: Kambodscha 

Partner organisation in partner country: Department of Preventive Medicine, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation, Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Humanity & Inclusion, Douleurs Sans Frontières, University of Washington und Saint Paul Institute

Nähere Informationen über das Projekt erhalten Sie hier.

 

Rhein-Donau-Stiftung e.V. $ Research to prevent blindness through improving glaucoma care

Organisation: Rhein-Donau-Stiftung e.V. 

Project: Research to prevent blindness through improving glaucoma care in Tanzania

Partner country: Kambodscha 

SolidarMed $ Last Mile Health: Community Based Chronic Care in Lesotho (ComBaCaL)

Organisation: SolidarMed 

Project: Last Mile Health: Community Based Chronic Care in Lesotho (ComBaCaL)

Partner country: Lesotho

Support International e.V. $ CARE2 in Ruhango and Kamonyi

Organisation: Support International e.V

Project: CARE2 in Ruhango and Kamonyi

Partner country: Ruanda