Ajloun NCD Project
To tackle the rising burden of NCDs by preventing disease, reducing risk factors, and increasing opportunities for health promotion.
The Ajloun Non-Communicable (NCD) Project is a collaborative initiative implemented by The Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ministry of Health Jordan (MOH) within the governorate of Ajloun. At its inception, it was intended to last five years , responding to the need to explore scalable community based models that tackle the rising burden of NCDs in Jordan that led to the Ajloun NCD project as it tackles the following:
- The rising burden of NCDs by preventing disease,
- Reduce the risk factors,
- Increase opportunities for health promotion.
It aims to do this by increasing community engagement, improving health awareness, facilitating physical activity and good nutrition, and maximizing counselling opportunities regarding the most common NCDs.
Project Achievements and Outcomes
Three health clinics were initially chosen to implement the project Sakhra, Rajeb and Anjara health centers in the mid of 2012 after assessing conditions on the ground, the three initial health centers were given just over a year to consolidate activities, before the project was rolled out to another four clinics. Project activities in Anjara health center ceased from the beginning of 2014 as there was no suitable place to house the physical activity equipment. However by September 2014 the project was in effective operation in six clinics.
Although data on the number of NCD patients registered at the health centers indicate a large number, the number of regular attendees for clinical care is much less, as many patients may go to the private or military sector for their treatment. Thus, the project draws on those attending the health centers for their regular care. Latest data from the intervention sites indicates that 448 patients are registered with the NCD project. Although a good number of patients with diabetes and hypertension have been recruited, the majority of participants are overweight or obese. Only 10% of participants engaged in the Physical Activity program in the six health center are not overweight, and 71% are obese, with 36%.
EXPERTS’ WORKSHOP ON ADVISING COUNTRIES ON NCD SURVEILLANCE AND DEVELOPING A NETWORK OF REGIONAL EXPERTS
Building National and Governorate Collaborations for tackling NCDs:
- Engaging public health leaders like representatives from the MOH and EMPHNET
- Ensuring appropriate communication measures between the health centers, health directorate, central MOH and EMPHNET
- Linking the Ajloun NCD project with Jordan’s Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP).
The “Paradigm of NCD prevention, control and health promotion,” was adopted in support of the project it includes a set of integrated actions that combine public health actions in the prevention and control of NCDs.
The framework was adopted in this project to enable the Reduction of Mass Gathering related morbidity and Mortality in Iraq consists of Reduction of Mass Gathering related morbidity and Mortality in Iraq.