Danida Alumni Emmanuel K. SANWUOK: I started a taskforce of health workers in Ghana

 Emmanuel K. SANWUOK,
Emmanuel K. SANWUOK, Ghana, Master of International Health 2012, University of Copenhagen. Now WHO Consultant for EPI / RI in EMERGENCIES Rep. of South Sudan and District Director of Health Service at Ghana Health Service.
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Every year around 1000 professionals from the developing and growth and transition countries that Denmark collaborate with are granted a Danida fellowship. We follow and receive frequent updates from many of them when they return to their home countries. Listen to what Emmanuel K. Sanwouk from Ghana says.  

I am happy to present to you a short film in the below link. This film is one of my works after successful completion of my Master of International Health course in Denmark. As one of the cherished institutions which contributed immensely to my academic achievements, I wish to share with you this short film to be used by Danida Fellowship Centre on your social media.

My studies in DK on non-communicable diseases, NCDs empowered me to realize the enormity of the problem of NCDs so I started a taskforce of health workers responsible for screening the population in my region for NCDs risk factors and providing counselling. The taskforce has screened thousands of people over the years and has helped people identify which conditions they are at risk of. This has saved a lot of people from sudden deaths due to NCDs. We also managed to advocate for a clinic solely for NCDs clients at the Hospital.

Non-communicable diseases once considered diseases of affluence, today, NCDs including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and mental and neurological disorders – are the leading causes of death and disability among women in developing and developed countries alike.

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