Our results containing survey information on sociodemographic aspects, health status and self-reported chronic disease prevalence on hypertension, diabetes mellitus, COPD and chronic kidney disease are now published in BMC Public Health. Through this groundbreaking research, we established the prospective Rural Uganda Non-Communicable Disease (RUNCD) cohort.
Do date, RUNCD is one of the largest NCD cohorts in rural Africa reported. The cohort data will longitudinally characterize the NCD prevalence, development, and risk factors in rural Uganda. It builds the base for our current and future studies which are assessing clinical data on disease burden and risk factors while evaluating disease management and education initiatives run by our community health workers. We congratulate all Balamu team members that were part of this initial research and all co-authors that were crucial to its success.