About NCD Diaries

The NCD Diaries use rich and immersive multimedia approaches to share lived experiences to drive change, using a public narrative framework.

As part of the Our Views, Our Voices initiative, the NCD Diaries are a participatory, community-based and multimedia storytelling project that illustrates individual lived experiences and highlights their calls for action on NCDs.


NCD Diaries

The NCD Diaries project supports individuals to share their lived experiences of NCDs, drawing on their unique local contexts, challenges faced and their aspirations and recommendations to drive change on NCDs.

NCDA supports individuals in contextualising their lived experiences of NCDs while reflecting on the key pillars of the Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs listed below. Diarists are also be encouraged to crystallise and put forward their calls for action on NCDs through the narrative of their NCD Diaries.


NCD Diaries


The NCD Diaries project has four main objectives:  

  • Amplify the voices and lived experiences of people living with NCDs to build a public narrative that puts people first and builds awareness of challenges experienced by people living with NCDs.
  • Support and inspire people living with NCDs  to share their lived experiences, priorities, and recommendations to raise awareness and advocate for change.
  • Provide a repository of documented lived experience, highlighting the day-to-day challenges and personal realities of people living with NCDs around the world through immersive and interactive media formats and applying the public narrative framework.
  • Contextualise the Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs (and national Advocacy Agendas where available) and humanise advocacy issues through first-hand lived experiences of NCDs and local realities to call for action on NCDs.

NCD Diaries

NCD Diaries can be created in three formats: visual, written and spoken word/podcast.

The visual storytelling format features a series of up to 5 images that represent the real and personal experiences of people living with NCDs and their interaction with the healthcare system, local context and community as well as their vision for change. The written format is a collection of three diary entries exploring their experiences, challenges of living with NCDs and their recommendations for change. The podcast format is a series of three episodes where diarists share their experiences and challenges of living with NCDs, their local context, community interactions and calls to action in a conversational manner either in first person or in conversation with others.


Project process: operationalising meaningful involvement

Like the project itself, the project process seeks to operationalise and embody the principles of meaningful involvement of people living with NCDs. Members of an NCD Diaries sub-group of the Our Views, Our Voices Global Advisory Committee offer strategic guidance on the series theme, are part of the competitive selection process of NCD diarists for each series, and guide the process of creating and promoting the diaries.

NCD Diaries and Themes

Each Series of the NCD Diaries has a specific thematic focus, selected based on global health policy and advocacy priorities as related to NCD.

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Podcast Diary icon Christopher Agbega

Christopher Agbega

Written Diary icon Noura Arnous

Noura Arnous

Written Diary icon Nfortentem Aaron

Nfortentem Aaron

Written Diary icon Sabiha Khan

Sabiha Khan

Visual Diary icon Kenneth Ngwira Mkandawire

Kenneth Ngwira Mkandawire

Visual Diary icon Modina Khatun

Modina Khatun

Visual Diary icon Benjamin Olorunfemi

Benjamin Olorunfemi

Visual Diary icon Nkiruka Okoro

Nkiruka Okoro

Visual Diary icon Jotham Johnson

Jotham Johnson

Podcast Diary icon Snehal Nandagawli

Snehal Nandagawli

Written Diary icon Mariana Gomez

Mariana Gomez

Written Diary icon Karmila Munadi

Karmila Munadi

Written Diary icon Evelyn Santos

Evelyn Santos

Written Diary icon Grace Achodo

Grace Achodo

Written Diary icon Maryanne Njuguna

Maryanne Njuguna

Written Diary icon Joselyne Simiyu

Joselyne Simiyu

Visual Diary icon Anita Sabidi

Anita Sabidi

Written Diary icon Wendy Reaser

Wendy Reaser

Written Diary icon Takwe Boniface Njecko

Takwe Boniface Njecko

Written Diary icon Chitrika De Mel

Chitrika De Mel

Written Diary icon Joseph Rukelibuga

Joseph Rukelibuga

Visual Diary icon Lucía Feito Allonca

Lucia Feito Allonca

Written Diary icon Brenda Chitindi

Brenda Chitindi

Podcast Diary icon Chikhulupiliro Stanley Ng'ombe

Chikhulupiliro Stanley Ng'ombe

Visual Diary icon Neema Mohamed

Neema Mohamed

Written Diary icon Ashla Rani MP

Ashla Rani MP

Visual Diary icon Oduor Kevin Otieno

Oduor Kevin

Visual Diary icon Katherine Berkoh

Katherine Berkoh

Visual Diary icon Mirriam Wakanyi

Mirriam Wakanyi

Visual Diary icon Amber Huett-Garcia

Amber Huett-Garcia

Visual Diary icon Mazeda Begum

Begum Mazeda

Visual Diary icon Linh Nguyen Ha

Linh Nguyen Ha

Podcast Diary icon Omar Abureesh

Omar Abu Reesh

Podcast Diary icon Liz  Owino

Liz Achieng Owino

Written Diary icon John Gikonyo

John Gikonyo

Written Diary icon Samuel Kumwanje

Samuel Kumwanje

Written Diary icon Jean Marie Blaise Migabo

Jean Marie Migabo

Written Diary icon Edith Mukantwari

Edith Mukantwari

Written Diary icon Adjo Rose Lankou

Adjo Rose Lankou

Visual Diary icon Gloria Haro

Gloria Haro

Visual Diary icon Rohan Arora

Rohan Arora

Visual Diary icon Robert Onyango

Robert Onyango

Podcast Diary icon Vijayalakshimy Silvathorai

Vijayalakshimy Silvathorai

Podcast Diary icon Allison Ibrahim

Allison Ibrahim

Podcast Diary icon Seema Bali

Seema Bali

Visual Diary icon Salome Agallo

Salome Agallo

Visual Diary icon Ama Quainoo

Ama Quainoo

Visual Diary icon Betsy Rodriguez

Betsy Rodriguez

Visual Diary icon Vivian Gyasi Sarfo

Vivian Gyasi Sarfo

Visual Diary icon Lion Osarenkhoe Chima-Nwogwugwu

Lion Chima-Nwogwugwu

Written Diary icon Shamim Talukder

Shamim Talukder

Written Diary icon Jazz Sethi

Jazz Sethi

Written Diary icon Michael Donohoe

Michael Donohoe

Written Diary icon Jaime Barba

Jaime Barba

Written Diary icon Stephen Ogweno

Stephen Ogweno

The latest theme is

Equity and UHC

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