In 2012, almost three quarters of all Non-communicable disease (NCD) deaths (28 million) occurred in low- and middle-income countries such as those in Africa. Here, over 80% of NCD deaths occur in people younger than 70 years of age with potentially devastating consequences on the continent’s economic development.
The Health for Life (HFL) Foundation was created to contribute in mitigating the human, social and economic consequences of NCDs- including diabetes and heart diseases- on the African continent. It consists of a team of experts dedicated to promoting health and reducing the burden of NCDs in Africa using a range of existing and innovative strategies. Most of the foundation’s work involves awareness-raising, advocacy, and research on NCDs and their risk factors-mainly lifestyle-, with beneficiary communities as key actors.
The HFL Foundation’s current work in line with the world’s 2030 target of reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third through prevention and treatment as well as through the promotion of mental health and well-being.