Name of the activity: It’s on us

Country/NMO: Jordan (IFMSA-Jo)

Program: Healthy Lifestyles & Non-Communicable Diseases

 

Contact information:[email protected]

Type of the activity: Campaign

 

General description:

The exigency for non-communicable diseases awareness has increased dramatically in the past few years in Jordan. Thus, non-communicable diseases campaign is designed to help educate the community and medical students, in specific, about the most common non-communicable diseases. This project is under the Standing Committee On Public Health (SCOPH) and it revolves around two principles. First, it aims to teach the medical students about non-communicable diseases including: symptoms, risk factors, staging, and treatment through a series of professional training sessions. Second, letting those well-trained medical students help spread awareness of those diseases and the importance of early detection and regular checkups in our community by holding maximum number of awareness events and medical days in universities, schools, public gardens and streets and malls.
A non-communicable disease (NCD) is a medical condition or disease that is not caused by infectious agents. NCDs can refer to chronic diseases which last for long periods of time and progress slowly.
The diseases that we’ll be raising awareness on are the following:

1. Diabetes Mellitus
2. Hypertension
3. Obesity
4. Stroke

Focus area:

Prevention of NCDs and Health Promotion

Problem statement:

Jordan, as in many middle-income countries, has witnessed a demographic change. In 2007, the infant mortality rate decreased to 19 per 1,000 live births, and life expectancy increased for men (71.6 y) and women (74.4 y). Jordan is also undergoing an epidemiologic transition; the burden of infectious diseases has lessened, but the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has increased. NCDs are the leading cause of death in Jordan.

Target groups and beneficiaries:

Medical Students
Youth
Adults
Children

Beneficiaries
Their families
Workers

Objectives and indicators of success:

Raising awareness about NCDs and provide free screenings for public
Educated medical students that have the ability to spread awareness about NCDs during our campaign, and increased awareness about healthy lifestyle through multiple free medical days including awareness and screening events .

Methodology:

Training Sessions
Medical days
Awareness events

Plans for evaluation:

Feedback for place, time, information was taken from volunteers and public
Evaluation in a Before-After each event to test the knowledge they got