Tanzania Non-communicable Diseases Alliance (TANCDA) is a non-governmental organization constituted by the Heart Foundation of Tanzania, Tanzania Cancer Association, Tanzania Association for Respiratory Diseases and Tanzania Diabetes Association. All four organizations are patient associations, but also include related health professionals and any other interested people.

TANCDA was established in 2012 with the primary purpose of acting as a stronger advocate for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Our goal is to prevent the growing burden of these diseases in Tanzania. Current emphasis is on cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, cancer, and diabetes mellitus, including their risk factors. These have been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as priorities. The Alliance however, includes all other major NCDs including mental health, sickle cell disease, eye and oral health and injuries.

  • To address NCDs and their risk factors
  • To increase people’s knowledge of NCDs and their risk factors
  • To urge our government to recognize that NCDs are an health emergency
  • To identify new partners that share a common interest in achieving common goals for NCDs prevention and control
  • To improve the lives of people living with NCDs in Tanzania

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TANCDA Constituents organizaions

Tanzania Cancer Association

Tanzania Cancer Association (TCA) is a national, charitable NGO, founded in accordance with the Law on May 5th, 1991. We aim at co-coordinating and harmonizing activities and resources of all national cancer organizations, with the goal of eliminating cancer in Tanzania. TCA is a non-political and non-sectarian organization. Its Registered Office is located at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI), Dar Es Salaam.

TCA’s Objectives:

  • To enhance the quality e for those living with, trough and beyond cancer by handling stigmatization towards patients, survivors and their families
  • To network, liaise, co-operate or enter into working arrangements with the Government, its agencies and institutions, as well as national and international organizations to obtain assistance against cancer.
  • To mobilize resources for the various cancer activities

Tanzania Diabetes Association

Tanzania Diabetes Association (TDA) is a national, non-profit organization (NGO). The Association is registered under Tanzania Law of Societies Ordinance (Cap.337) and issued Certificate of Registration No. 6492. The purpose of TDA is to provide advice and help to people living with diabetes in Tanzania. Our goal is improving the welfare of these.

TDA’s Objectives

  • As well as receive advice and provide mutual help
  • To keep all diabetes stakeholders informed on and actively involved in means and ways to combat diabetes
  • To promote a good relationship between people living with diabetes and health care providers
  • To overcome prejudice and ignorance about diabetes through education at all levels of society

Heart Foundation of Tanzania

Heart Foundation of Tanzania (HTF) is an NGO upheld in 2012. HTF’s purpose is to improve the welfare of those living with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in Tanzania.

HTF’s Objectives:

  • To support people suffering from CVDs. To give these, their relatives and friends, the opportunity to share problems, receive advice and provide mutualhelp.
  • To promote a good relationship between people suffering from CVDs and health care providers
  • To encourage and support research on CVDs and disseminate research findings
  • To keep CVDs stakeholders informed on and actively involved in means and ways to combat CVDs
  • To overcome prejudice and ignorance about CVDs by educating at all levels of society

Tanzania Association for Respiratory Diseases

Tanzania Association for Respiratory Diseases (TARD) is a voluntary autonomous and independent organization represented by its members. TARD endeavors to fulfill its goals in the best interest of its members and the Tanzanian society. Our mission is to prevent the occurrence of chronic respiratory diseases in Tanzania and improve the welfare of the people living with the disease.

TARD’s Objectives:

  • To reduce the incidence of chronic respiratory diseases by 20%
  • To reduce mortality by 20% – increase life expectancy/survival of people living with chronic respiratory diseases to 80 years.