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Cancer, diabetes, lung diseases are leading cause of death in Kenya

In Summary
  • Developing a policy response to the threat of NCDs requires a clear understanding of their economic impact on Kenyans.
  • Nearly three-quarters of all NCD deaths worldwide take place in low and middle-income countries.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, chronic lung diseases, and heart diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in Kenya.

According to research done by the World Bank Kenya, the growing prevalence of NCDs in the country is a major public health concern and a hindrance to long-term economic growth.

“This is because these conditions reduce human capital and divert societal resources. The high cost of managing the growing caseload of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) also afflicts Kenyan families, businesses, and the government, and increasingly leads to impoverishment,” reads part of the study.

The study, Combating Noncommunicable Diseases in Kenya: An Investment Case. Development Knowledge and Learning, suggests that developing a policy response to the threat of NCDs requires a clear understanding of their economic impact on Kenyans.

Such information “allows policy makers to evaluate the trade-offs between different investment decisions, with the goal of ensuring that any interventions maximize the rewards to individuals and to society at large.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly three-quarters of all NCD deaths worldwide take place in low and middle-income countries.

These deaths from cancers, diabetes, and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases are usually related to poverty and lack of detection and treatment.

Research Triangle Institute International says the main risk factors for NCDs in Kenya are tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, and harmful use of alcohol.

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