NCD Academy

NCD Academy is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between major actors in global health to equip frontline health workers with integrated, mobile-first education on NCD care as they take on a more prominent role in prevention. 

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for 71% of global deaths, with cardiovascular disease (CVD) ranked number one. Considering that 45% of WHO member states report having less than one physician per 1,000 residents, health care systems globally are realizing the importance of upskilling nurses and community health workers to play a greater role in patient care, while also refreshing primary care doctors’ knowledge of best practice. Comprehensive NCD education for these providers at the ground level of patient care is of critical importance given shared risk factors and bidirectional impacts between these diseases. The goal with NCD Academy is to fill this need and foster progress toward achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Who can take part in the NCD Academy? 

Courses provided by the NCD Academily are primarily for: 

  • General practitioners and nurses based at community clinics who act as the main source of care for patients seeking medical guidance and treatment in rural and remote areas; 

  • Internists and nurses at hospitals who are tasked with assessing newly-admitted patients and providing non-critical care;

  • Community health workers who support preventive efforts and early detection in underserved communities through health promotion and disease screening.

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