GSK tells Malawi doctors to step up Non-Communicable Disease fight

Global healthcare company Glaxosmithkline (GSK) has urged Malawian doctors and healthcare professionals to re-double efforts in the fight Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

NCDs are the next Tsunami to happen

NCDs are the next Tsunami to happen

Vice President for East African Cluster and African Government Affairs Dr Allan Pamba made the call from London during a new conference discussing GSK’s first call for research proposals into NCDs with Malawi journalists.

“NCDs are the next Tsunami to happen. Wonder why more people are dying from cancers and cardiovascular disease in Africa than ever before? Our call for proposals is an opportunity for Malawian scientists to advance solutions so that the country and rest of Saharan Africa is prepared to deal with the problem in the future,” he said.

Pamba said GSK has made available up to £4m to support successful proposals on NCDs from researchers in eight Sub-Saharan Africa countries, including Malawi. GSK first announced the call on November 14, 2014. The other countries invited to participate in the call are Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, The Gambia, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda.

“We’re quite excited with what could potentially come back as proposals. What we want is for Malawi and other countries to be better prepared to deal with NCDs than they were when HIV/Aids struck some 15 years ago,” he said.

Pamba said the call for proposals could help answer some difficult questions on the prevalence of NCDs in Sub-Saharan Africa and provide an opportunity for the region’s scientists to provide relevant and home-grown solutions.

“For example why do some cancers present themselves earlier in African settings and not in the other populations? Why do some patients with hypertension not respond to certain medications? Those are some of the questions that we hope can be picked up by African scientists to advance the scientific knowledge of these diseases, in African contexts so that solutions are African-driven and become relevant in our environment,” he said.

Pamba said Malawi is earmarked as part of GSK’s strategic plan to grow and become a leading healthcare provider in Africa in the next five years. GSK has offices in Blantyre, where the Malawi operations are ran by Patrick Tsonga.

“Malawi is very relevant to our work and very much a part of our 5-year growth strategy. Apart from supplying vaccines and medicines in the country, we have collaborated on various projects with institutions such as Save the Children and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital,” he said.

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If comment No. 3 is a case to be taken seriously,there is urgent need for the already few medical Doctors (Dr) nor Doctors of Philosophy (PhD holders) to be freed from administrative work and let graduates of Health management stream take on the administrative task of DHO please. We really contribute to inefficiency of our highly qualified medical doctors by heaping great administrative responsibilities on them. They are trained to save lives not as supporting staff (DHO) whose sole responsibility is to help others (Drs and Nurses) save lives of people better. Could the Commission for Public Services Reform also… Read more »
The fight against Non-Communicable diseases is not yet started and Malawi / Ministry of Health Can NOT win this fight. Our Doctors are FULL TIME Administrators and Accountants for the Hospitals and NOT in Hospitals to treat patients BUT to sign Checks, sourcing procurement commissions from suppliers of goods or attending to workshops. How can a Medical Doctor the so called DHO or DMO stay for months without seeing / treating a patient. But when it comes to travelling for workshops Ndiye Number 1. Tiyeni mu ward tikathandize odwala ndiye kudzengereza thooooo!!!!!! Eeee ndili ndi meeting. Can the PS for… Read more »
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Interesting proposal and task foe health scuentists…


Non communicable diseases have indeed negatively impacted our health, its time for Malawi as nation to pull up its socks in the battle of reducing the disease burden and deaths due to preventable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, cardivascular diseases etc
A multidisciplinary approach can significantly produce tangible results
Big up to NGOs and other scientific instituitions that have taken significant strides in the fight against NCDs

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