MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN, CONFERENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Dear colleagues and participants, I take this opportunity to invite you to Kenya and Naivasha in particular, for the Kenya Association of Physicians 16TH Annual Scientific Conference.

This year’s Theme is “Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD): The Emerging Crisis” with Subthemes of National Policy, Disease Burden and Prevention Strategies.

There are major challenges associated with the rapid rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in lowand middle-income countries. These diseases, which include stroke, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus and chronic obstructive respiratory diseases, are among the leading causes of premature death and morbidity in low-and middle-income countries. They share common risk factors: high salt intake, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use and alcohol misuse. Currently there is gross lack of local data, disease burden mapping, national and regional policy that address the common NCD risk factors.

We as physicians have a major and significant role to play in stemming this crisis. We can generate highquality local evidence by virtue of our representation throughout the republic in different counties. We can carry out population-wide programs and community-based interventions that address the common NCD risk factors. Primary health care interventions for NCD prevention and control are the target aim. It is a challenge that we as physicians must embrace.

During this conference we shall have presentations on various issues regarding Policy, Disease Burden and Prevention Strategies as pertains to NCDs. I urge you to participate fully in the various deliberations.

There will be an additional Special Topic on National Blood Transfusion Program. As we all know, blood and blood products are an integral component of patient management, and yet as physicians we get very little detailed information about blood transfusion. During this conference you will all have an opportunity to interact with our colleagues who are rolling out this program in the country. There will be scientific presentations and various illustrations on this topic.

Welcome, KARIBUNI NAIVASHA.

Prof. C.F. Otieno
Chairman, Conference Organizing Committee

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