The World Health Organisation estimates that deaths from NCDs in the African region will increase by 27 percent by the year 2030, which amounts for 28 million additional deaths.
In Tanzania, at least 31 percent of all deaths have been associated to NCDs, with the main killers identified as Cardiovascular Diseases at nine percent and Cancers at five percent.
Speaking during the launch of the first “French Health Care Day” in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday the envoy called for more investments which include implementing a sustainable development strategy in the area to combat the diseases and hence reduce mortality rates.
Organised by the embassy in close collaboration with Sanofi and Biomerieux, the event brought together health experts from over 50 French companies to identify key solutions to improve healthcare system and facilitating its access.
Ambassador Clavier noted that heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and TB are also on the rise and the numbers are expected to increase in the next decade.
“The impact of NCDs is highly growing; cardio-vascular infections and cancers could increase to up to 50 percent by 2030. So we should ensure that we invest in regular screening, experts, equipment and public awareness programmes for early detection and treatment,” he said.
He added that; “by choosing to support the health sector among others, France shows its confidence in Tanzania in the key field of development. It is also a pride to work in close partnership and trust with the Aga Khan Development Network to help improve health care delivery in the country.”
Meanwhile, Aga Khan Health Service, East Africa Regional Chief Executive Officer, Sulaiman Shahabuddin pointed out that investment in early diagnosis is key in fighting mortality rates.
He said that researches have shown that half of the health problems can be solved and early diagnosis of diseases like cancer can be done by primary care practitioners.
Dr Siana Nkya from Muhimbili University of Health and Allies Sciences (Muhas) stressed on the need to invest in newborn screening for sickle cell disease and linking those detected with the disease to comprehensive care for better health development.
She said that a number of deaths attributed to sickle cell disease can be significantly reduced if more investment is put in screening new born babies.
Studies done in the country have shown that Tanzania has one of the highest numbers of annual births of sickle cell disease children (11,000), ranking 5th after Nigeria, DRC, India and Angola.