Horizon Europe grant awarded to NCD project in Ethiopia
A four million Euro grant has been awarded to the ENABLE research consortium to help prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD) and improve health and welfare in Ethiopia.
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The ENABLE (Enabling environments for NCD risk reduction in Ethiopia) consortium is a collaboration between the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). Beginning in 2024, it will run over 4 years.
Healthy lifestyle for all
The consortium will establish a programme to promote healthy eating habits, increase physical activity, and reduce exposure to pollution within urban communities in Ethiopia. Using evidence-based interventions tailored to local situations, they aim to prevent non-communicable diseases and promote positive behavioural change among pregnant women and their children. The programme will be delivered by health care providers to individuals and community groups in four Ethiopian cities: Addis Ababa, Adama, Harar, and Jimma.
The project is an excellent example of how synergy within the fields of public health, health care access and environmental health, supported by digital tools, can be used to improve the health of a population.
Co-ordinated by the NIPH, the grant was awarded by the EU Horizon Europe Framework Programme to the ENABLE research consortium, with Dr Eleni Papadopoulou (NIPH) and Dr Masresha Tessema (EPHI) leading the effort as joint principal investigators. It was secured under the call: “Interventions in city environments to reduce risk of non-communicable disease (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases - GACD), HORIZON-HLTH-2023-DISEASE-0303”.
Other partners include the University of Oslo (Norway), Jimma University, Haramaya University and Addis Continental Institute of Public Health (Ethiopia), as well as Lund University, Uppsala University, Wageningen University & Research, Vital Strategies, and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.
The project is aligned with the National NCD prevention strategy of Ethiopia and contributes to the global knowledge gap for implementation of evidence-based interventions. In addition, this project synergistically works with NIPHs Building Stronger Public Health Institutions and Systems (BIS) Programme, funded by NORAD. The BIS-Ethiopia collaboration between NIPH and EPHI focuses on building institutional capacitates in environmental health.