“A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” — Why Africa’s “next M-Pesa” must be in the field of chronic disease management
A stitch in time saves nine. Never has that saying been more apt than in the non-communicable disease epidemic, particularly chronic kidney disease, that is silently ravaging the African continent. Non-communicable diseases — also known in the medical community as “silent killers” — are a group of diseases whereby affected people suffer minimal or no…
Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
You have probably heard of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), or “kidney failure” as it is often called. Did you know that CKD is currently the 12th most common cause of death in the world? In fact, CKD is expected to become more common in the coming years, as urbanization spreads globally at break-neck speed. The prevalence of CKD is increasing globally — rapidly rising in Asia and Africa (while declining in North America and Europe). In 2017, an estimated 700M people worldwide were suffering from the disease, with ~70M of them in Sub-Saharan Africa.