Related to our mobile MCH clinics are our market outreaches and health fair events. These aim to reach adults in the community for screening of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. It is estimated that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for 27% of total death and over 50% of total hospital admissions in Kenya (KENYA STEPwise SURVEY 2015). The effects of NCDs are not only on health but are also socio-economic. Rapid rise of NCDs impedes poverty reduction measures as they increase household costs associated with healthcare.
Obesity and hypertension have been identified as the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases which account for most NCD deaths. Our program targets;
- Education for prevention by educating on lifestyle, diet
- Screening for early detection and management
- Education on adherence to treatment plans to prevent complications
- Providing of stat doses and referral services to those with very high blood pressures and blood sugars
Number of people screened for hypertension/ diabetes in 2019