Population growth, ageing and rapid urbanization and shifts in disease patterns are increasing the chronic disease or NCD (non-communicable disease) burden in Africa. In many African countries, foreign and domestic investments in healthcare training have underestimated the importance of building knowledge and capacity for NCD care among frontline workers. The Covid-19 pandemic has only underscored the need for this given the linkage between chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity and Covid-19 complications. Many health workers in Africa – including in hard-to-access communities – lack the expertise, confidence and support needed to provide quality care for patients with NCDs, putting attainment of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, which contains ambitious targets to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by one third, at risk.
In this session, we will discuss the collaborative efforts between Making More Health (a partnership between Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka) and social enterprises in Nigeria and Kenya – mDoc, CDMS and Jacaranda Maternity. Together, they are leveraging University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO tele-education model to collectively enhance the clinical skills of health workers in the markets they serve by building capability on NCD screening, diagnosis and management at scale through the TeNEC initiative – Tele-Education on NCDs to Equip Clinicians on NCDs in Africa.
The panelists will discuss the co-creation process, the efforts of the social enterprises to build for sustainability at the outset as well as the impact of TeNEC to date and the broader vision for scaling tele-education in pursuit of the SDGs across Africa through partnerships.