INTRODUCTION; Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are serious public diseases. They are affecting a larger a number of young people who are from developing countries. Characterized by been non-transferrable diseases. The main risk factors include unhealthy behaviors and metabolic syndromes. Unhealthy behaviors include excess use of salts, sugar, fats food and alcohol, other are cigarettes, physical inactive and inadequate intake of fruits and vegetable, but also overweight/obesity, hypertension high cholesterol and hyperglygriciride. Common NCDs killers are CVDs, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer
OBJECTIVES; main objective of this study was to assess the student knowledge on NCD-COVID-19 prevention; environmental – nutrition perspective approach..
METHOD; Cross section study design conducted at Dar-es-salaam- Tanzania. Purposive method used to select participants within six secondary schools that are situated at city center. The likert scale questioner used to obtain non-parametric data. The validation and reliability of tool pre-tested before actual data collection. The data were analyzed under ordinal regression analysis under the help of computer with SPSS- 20 version software. The descriptive statistics established frequencies and percentages while statistical measures were median and IQR.
RESULTS; about 600 students were recruited and participated, 54.7% were female and 45.3% male, (SD) mean was 18.3 and SD was 0.64. Students were knowledgeable on nutrition perspective by 81% while on environmental perspective was 50%.
CONCLUSION; the study concluded that, to speed up NCDs–COVID19 prevention, the multipart environmental education, curriculum education review and adoption of new NCDs strategic action (2018-2020) are needed.