Average Life Expectancy of our population has reached to 71 years. With rising life expectancy, Non Communicable diseases like Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension is on the rise in our country. These diseases are causing a lot of mortality and physical disabilities like paralysis and blindness in our ageing population. Government hospitals, Bangladesh Diabetes association and heart foundation are dealing with curative (treatment) side of these diseases but nothing is being done on the preventive side of these diseases. Health education, proper diet and physical exercise can go a long way in prevention of these diseases.
Department of Health of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society in collaboration with Taiwan Red Cross and IFRC has been implementing a project on prevention of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) since March 2012. Focus of the program is on prevention of these diseases.
Till now NCD prevention program has been completed in the following 11 MCH centres-
At present the program is being carried out in the following 5 MCH centres.
Objective of the project is:-
Activities completed till now:
(Hypertension was identified when blood pressure reading was equal or more then 140 /90 mm mercury).
(Diabetes was identified when Fasting Blood sugar was equal or more then 7 mmol/litre)
However number of cases having Hypertension and Diabetes does not give any indication about rate and prevalence of these diseases in the community because Blood pressure and Fasting Blood sugar was only measured in clinically suspected cases, not in the whole population.
Achievements of the project:
The main achievement I feel was raising awareness about prevention of these diseases in the rural community (by safe dietary practice, physical exercise and avoiding tobacco).
Early detection and referral of patients to hospitals and health facilities for treatment has possibly reduced the mortality and morbidity of these diseases in the catchment population of the program area.
The NCD program should be extended to all other MCH centres of BDRCS to reduce the risk of these deadly diseases in the ageing population in the catchment area.