Uganda: Disabling Diabetes and Other NCDs Affecting Africans

Ugandans holding signs related to diabetes awareness.

Help us create a nutrition and carb counting guidebook for Uganda and other African populations that will increase the Arican Diabetes Alliance's impact exponentially and be a stepping stone to improving people's health, quality of life and productivity.

Project description

Non communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, coronary vascular disease and cancer are costing families in Africa millions and crippling economies of billions of dollars, yet 80% of these cases are largely preventable through positive lifestyle change. If left unchallenged, they affect people and start a cascade of body system failures that can cause a very low quality of life and eventually death. Poverty, low literacy levels and lack of knowledge of healthy lifestyle habits are big contributors to this problem and create a vicious cycle that drains and drags families to death and abject poverty.

Africa Diabetes Alliance (ADA) has been on a journey teaching and educating people living with PLWNCDs how simple, positive impactful lifestyle changes can help them regain their health, strength and quality of life thus taking back control of their lives and thereby disarming diabetes and other NCDs. This in turn supports healthy people and a productive economy.

ADA invites UB students to help us change lives through this important initiative.

Project outcome

Students will help us develop and publish a nutrition and carb counting guidebook to be distributed throughout Uganda and Africa.

We are looking for students to participate in all aspects of the project including content writing, design and layout, social media, and book sales.

All ideas and skillsets are welcome.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Variable
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Variable
Benefits Customized to student interest
Who is eligible All students

Core partner

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834


Have a question about this project? Mara Huber hosts drop-in office hours on Zoom every Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. 

Global NGO Project

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