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Pan African financial service provider Letshego listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange has partnered with Primary Care International and government to improve the delivery of non-communicable disease (NCD) healthcare in Botswana.

“Letshego is supporting programs and initiatives that look to build capacity and effective treatment in non-communicable diseases care given the rising statistics in NCD illnesses across Africa’s emerging markets. Diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension are just some of the ailments that provide an increasing challenge to the health and wellness of many communities where Letshego operates,” said Fergus Ferguson, Letshego Botswana’s Chief Executive Officer on Tuesday.

According to Letshego, the collaboration is to increase the benefits of non-communicable diseases care and treatment across the country’s 8 districts.

Local data reports indicate that Botswana’s citizens continue to engage in behaviors that put them at an increasing risk of getting these diseases.

In 2014, a survey that was looking at the burden and risk factors for NCDs showed that 30.6 percent of locals are overweight and obese, whilst 6 percent were either on medicines for diabetes or have elevated blood sugar.

The initiative dubbed ‘Letshego Botswana Healthcare Innovation Programme’ is a 12 months program whose objective is to support and build capacity of health care workers with training aligned with the latest international standards.

The program is one of the 5 regional healthcare programs Letshego Group has launched across its African footprint in the interest of building capacity and reach of effective NCD treatment and care for communities where Letshego operates. Enditem

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