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Uganda NCD Alliance mobilizes Village Health Teams

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The Uganda Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (UNCDA)  has taken an important step forward in piloting a sustainable community based model for NCD screening and education.

On 29 May, 2013, representatives of the UNCDA met with local Village Health Teams (VHT) in areas surrounding Kampala to train VHT teams to provide basic NCD education and referral services to community residents. The teams will be equipped with knowledge to inform people about risk factors and how to prevent NCDs, and will refer community members to the UNCDA patient resource centre which recently opened in Kampala.

"Village Health Teams are the first line of contact with community members seeking health services. They therefore play an extremely important role as providers of health knowledge and education", said Ms Constance Kekihembo, CEO of the Uganda NCD Alliance. "By providing them with basic knowledge about NCDs, the health teams will be able to provide basic education and referral services to the community." The UNCDA plans to conduct further training with Village Health Teams, and to explore expanding this model across Uganda.