A flurry of articles, posts, blogs and columns of print the past few weeks talk about non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their impact on global health. After a decade of (not unwarranted) attention on HIV/AIDS and malaria, public health officials backed up by organisations such as WHO, are recognising that preventable, mostly “lifestyle diseases” like diabetes and hypertension, are not just problems in affluent nations, but they are killing more people worldwide than infectious diseases.

Truck drivers face various barriers to healthy living. Because of long hours spent on the road and downtime spent at truck-stops, exercise and healthy eating often suffer. Further, access to healthcare is often limited due to the location of a clinic or hospital, inconvenient hours of operation, lack of appropriate parking, and, for cross-border drivers, citizenship.  This is often compounded…

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a tiny bag of popcorn while you watch “On the Road with North Star Alliance” – a new promotional video outlining the history of North Star Alliance, our approach, and impact of our work, both on the ground across Africa and for our partners around the world.

North Star Alliance East Africa Infographic - On HIV, Health, and Truck Drivers

Health Care that Moves Imagine being ‘at work’, 24 hours a day, 26 days each month. While this thought would bring even the most enthusiastic workaholics to their knees, this is, in fact, a reality for truck drivers and transport workers across Africa and around the world. Couple this reality with limited access to health…

30 years ago, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report outlining five cases of what was believed to be a rare form of pneumonia. In retrospect, this report would be the first official one to outline what is now recognized widely as the HIV epidemic. Unfortunately, what this CDC…

Sitting down, which most of us do for at least eight hours each day, might be the worst thing we do for our health all day.  This is according to a  recent infographic compiled by Medical Billing and Coding which shows the health implications of sitting, which the average person now spends 9.3 hours per…

With a busy 2011 well underway, we wanted to look back and share some of the exciting North Star Alliance figures from 2010. This data highlights the tremendous success and impact North Star Alliance and partners are having in transport corridor communities across Africa…Click the infographic below to see a larger version, then, let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

Mr. Mpumelelo “Mpume” Mbangwa ©Brennan Glansbeek

North Star, which provides basic healthcare to truck drivers and peripheral communities along transport corridors throughout Africa, has taken on veteran cricket personality Mpumelelo “Mpume” Mbangwa as its ambassador to promote the aims of the organisation. Mbangwa, who represented Zimbabwe in the international cricket arena, has become even more well known for his broadcasts from…

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