Novartis Backed Pilot Project Reveals Three Quarters of Adult Nigerians At Increased Risk For Chronic Diseases

The release of of a “Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Assessments” pilot has shown the 74% of the adult Nigerians assess had an increased for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

The pilot was carried out by WellNewMe and supported by Novartis and spun over a period of 1 year in which 1900 adults between the ages of 20 to 60 years were enrolled in the pilot from across Nigeria and were required to complete their assessments online. Over, 1,200 completed their health assessments on the platform, more than 85% below the age of 50.

The report showed that three quarters of those who completed the assessment were found to have an increased risk of developing a chronic disease, which men more at risk than women. It is also found that risk increases as the age increases, while all of those aged 50 and above having an increased risk.

Women seem more at risk than men for developing hypertension, while the risk increases as the age of the pilot enrolee increased.


Almost three quarters of those assessed are had an increased risk of having diabetes with 10% having a high risk while men more at risk than women. The risk also increases as the age of the pilot enrolee increases. 

Our findings show that men were 4 times more at risk for developing cardiac disease than women were. We also saw that the risk also increased with age with the exception of those below the age of 30, which will warrant further investigation to find out why.  

While we found that only 1% of the total population were at high risk for developing cancer, more than quarter were still had an increase risk of developing cancer. That risk is equally shared between both genders. 

Some physical attributes of the pilot enrollees were also collected by the blood pressure measurements and laboratory indicators like the blood glucose level. 1 in 3 of all adults had elevated blood pressure levels, which was similar between the two genders.