Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) account for 27% premature deaths in Kenya annually, contribute to over 50% of hospital inpatient admissions and 40% of hospital deaths (WHO, 2014). A part from posing clear health concerns, NCDs are also responsible for reducing productivity, curtailing economic growth and trapping the poorest people in chronic poverty. In a country where austerity policies and political crises still dominate the political and news agenda, the role of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) as advocates, watchdogs, and advisers is of utmost importance.
KMYA is addressing the issue of lack of budgetary allocation from the County government of Nairobi to facilitate reduction of NCD cases in the County. Cases of NCD is increasing by day and the county lack the required commitment that’s partly contributed by lack of funds to create awareness on unhealthy feeding, consumption of alcohol, smoking among others. Working with other coalition members, KMYA will facilitate the participation of Muslim youth to advocate for budgetary allocation in county that will go a long way to ensure NCD are managed and proper system is established to ensure timely information on healthy living shared with the members of the public.
The main aim of this project is to advocate for inclusion of budgetary allocation in the County Government of Nairobi City budget for the year 2017-2018 to reduce incidences of NCD for youth between 10-24 years of age by 20%