The Discovery Fund has partnered with Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA). R2 million has been committed to their programme.
WHO developed a global strategy to combat NCDs. The improvement and integration of care for NCDs in developing countries is central to this strategy. They are one of 11 Centres of Excellence that have been created to address the improvement and integration of care for NCDs in developing countries. The CDIA is unique in South Africa and in the region. It strives to connect a wide range of experts in NCD public health, clinical medicine, epidemiology, lifestyle modification, health economics, health behaviour, and implementation research and health service management in an expanding collaborative network. The CDIA research network has established itself as a key player when information, collaboration or consultation is sought regarding NCDs in South Africa, and has built strong links with the National and Western Cape Departments of Health with regard to their NCD policy development activities. It has been instrumental in establishing NCD-related research projects at five universities. Although work to date has taken place in the Western Cape, in essence this has served as an incubator to develop and test innovations in NCD care and the long-term focus is national.
The CDIA’s research has been based on the following integrated primary care model for NCDs. This sees the seamless provision of care of patients between the primary level community health centre and the community itself. The research thus far, has focused on the development and evaluation of “tools” to support community and facility-based health workers to deliver good quality care for people with NCDs and to build interventions to improve adherence and associated lifestyle risk factors. The beneficiaries are:
- Healthcare personnel employed in the public primary health care sector who are up-skilled and trained
- Community health workers who participate in the CDIA projects and utilise the tools developed by the CDIA for use in the NCD model of care
- Patients utilising public primary care health services who receive better NCD care
- Community members reached by trained community health workers.
Collaborative workshops have been planned with CDIA to share knowledge and learnings. In addition, training programmes/workshops are being planned with Fund Partner Organisations.