The initiative has as aim to create an opportunity for sixty young people by training them for six months to be part of the NCD prevention and control efforts in Cameroon.
After receiving applications during the month of June, the body held a meeting at the CBC centre in Nkwen over the weekend, where they held talks in the training proper and how these youths would impact the society through control and prevention measures.
Over 20% of chronic deaths in developing countries like Cameroon are caused by non- communicable diseases. The World Health Organisation revealed that these NCDs in Cameroon account for an estimated 31% of all mortality in 2008 along with cardiovascular diseases, topping the chart and accounting for 14% of total deaths across all age groups in the same year.
Some non-communicable diseases common in Cameroon are diabetes, respiratory diseases, hypertension and cancers. Despite the prevalence of these diseases, experts say there is still very limited knowledge in the impact they have in society, education and the health system at large.
The regional delegation of public health for the North West, have been holding sensitization meetings on Non-Communicable Diseases, which remains a threat amongst the population.