Ride for Health

Raising awareness about NCDs in Africa

Long considered the plight of wealthy nations, rates of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are increasing around the world. Changes to diet and lifestyle are part of what’s driving this growing epidemic, but a lack of access to consistent treatment and care, particularly in poor countries, is making the challenge even larger. The WHO now predicts that diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other NCDs will become the leading cause of death in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030, surpassing HIV/AIDS.

To help raise awareness about the need for urgent action to reverse this growing epidemic, Dignitas International’s Dr. Colin Pfaff is leading the Ride for Health, a two-week cycling trek from northern Malawi to Nairobi, Kenya.

About Dr. Colin Pfaff

A South Africa-trained physician, Dr. Pfaff has been involved in caring for HIV+ adolescents and other patients for over 20 years. He sees many parallels between treating HIV and chronic diseases including diabetes and hypertension, and is embarking on the challenging 760km bike ride across parts of 3 African nations that are among the hardest hit by NCDs – Malawi, Mozambique and Kenya.

“My desire is that we take the lessons we have learned from HIV care in Africa and apply them to help children and adults that are struggling to manage diabetes and other chronic conditions. Through Ride for Health, I hope to focus attention on how quickly rates of NCDs are increasing across Africa, and what needs to be done to slow down this growing epidemic.”

Follow Colin’s progress on this page as he and his teammate race their way to better diabetes care in Africa. You can also show your support by donating to Colin and Dignitas’ efforts to bring lifesaving health care to resource-limited settings around the world.

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