Publications, 30 November 2021

Building a patient cohort in rural Uganda

Between 2016 and 2017, we conducted a population-based census for NCD research. Community health workers (CHWs) and study team members went door-to-door in Nakaseke, rural Uganda to administer surveys in households in three sub-counties in Nakaseke.

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.

Selected sub-districts of Nakaseke. The highlighted areas represent Nakaseke Sub-county (left), Nakaseke Town Council (center), and Kasangombe Sub-county (right). The flow chart demonstrates the number of respondents included in the study.
Selected sub-districts of Nakaseke showing the number of respondents included in the study. Source: BMC Public Health