Improving Care for People with Chronic Conditions in East Africa
Until recently, malaria and other acute infectious diseases were the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in East Africa, and the health systems in the region were generally designed to manage acute conditions. Now with the advent of the HIV pandemic and increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases, health systems are struggling to manage people with chronic conditions. Helping health systems change from the acute care model to one which has structures and processes in place to help people living with chronic conditions manage their condition at home will require transformation at many levels. HCI is working with the Ministries of Health in Uganda and Tanzania to make these changes. This flyer describes current efforts supported by HCI to promote the use of the Chronic Care Model, an evidence-based set of principles for improving chronic condition care that has been endorsed by the World Health Organization.