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Large Language Models (LLMs) Targeting Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors Among Kenyan Youth

Martin Mwangi of Intellisoft Consulting Ltd. in Kenya will build an application-supported LLM to improve knowledge, attitudes, and practices surrounding the risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCD) for young people in Kenya. NCDs constitute the leading cause of mortality globally, accounting for three-quarters of deaths worldwide. Many Kenyans lack information on NCDs and their major risk factors, which include unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and harmful alcohol use. They will form an interdisciplinary Community Advisory Board, including government officials, researchers, and young people, to guide the design, analysis, and dissemination of the app. They will recruit Kenyans aged 18–34 from community-based sites, such as universities and malls, to evaluate the application's ability to improve knowledge, attitudes, and practices surrounding NCD risk factors.

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