Not only is Kenya affected by the infectious diseases that have plagued the nation for decades – malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS- which account for 69% of deaths throughout Africa, but non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer, are increasing at an alarming rate and currently account for 22% of deaths across the continent (WHO, 2011). With the combination of infectious and chronic diseases affecting a significant proportion of the population, it is necessary for health programs to not only address multiple health issues simultaneously through horizontal integration, but they must also tackle the root cause of all ill-health – poverty. Learn more about Health and Poverty.
Our Focus On Prevention
HopeCore focuses our activities on prevention because:
- More people than ever are living with chronic diseases
- Many costly and disabling conditions – cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases – are linked by common preventable risk factors. Tobacco use, prolonged, unhealthy nutrition, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use are major causes and risk factors for these conditions. Focusing on these risk factors can reduce the number of people living with disease.
- Most health care providers do not offer preventative health services.
The right health systems can provide patients with information & skills to reduce health risks, as well as raise awareness in communities about the importance of healthy activities. Therefore, HopeCore programs:
- Support a paradigm shift towards integrated, preventive health care
- Promote financing systems and policies that support prevention in health care
- Equip patients with needed information, motivation, and skills in prevention and self-management
- Make prevention an element of every health care interaction
Our Program & Activities
In line with HopeCore’s mission and vision, our Public Health Program focuses on disease prevention and health promotion. Our program has five primary components: Clean Water & Hand Hygiene for Schools; School Mobile Health Clinics; Maternal and Under-5 Health; Health Services for Micro Enterprise Borrowers; and Planned Parenthood Global.
More on health in Kenya & HopeCore’s Public Health Activities…