Jul 28, 2021

Screening clinic on June 12th

Health For All Naija is continuing to provide needed care to the people of the rural community we serve in Nigeria. Our monthly clinic provides blood pressure and blood sugar screening. We provide 30-day supplies of appropriate medications for Hypertension and Diabetes to each participant. We serve about 90 participants monthly. Most of our participants' blood pressure and blood sugar are within normal range, an evidence that the medications are being used by the participants and that they are effective in controlling Hypertension and Diabetes.

After the monthly clinic on June 5th, we had a screening clinic on June 12th. The screening clinic was opened up to others in the community who were not currently participating in the monthly clinic, and we had about 120 attendees. We provided  blood pressure and blood sugar screening, Health education, and medications to all attendees. Hypertension and Diabetes affect all the organs of the body, and if left untreated, both diseases, either together or alone,  can lead to serious damage to the organs of the body, resulting in numerous health problems. A lot of these health problems are life limiting to affected people in the population. The health problems are life limiting because there is hardly any appropriate resources available to manage such problems. The Q&A segment of the event also reinforced learning among the participants. We distributed Multivitamins and Tylenol to all the participants. New enrollees to the monthly clinic also received 30-day supplies of appropriate medications. 

The screening brought back some people who were participants and stopped, and some first time participants. The clinic also provided an opportunity to evaluate and make necessary adjustment of participants' medications. We reorganized the screening logs to improve tracking of participants' blood pressure and blood sugar response to the medications. 

The need is great! The work we do saves lives, and keeps participants in healthy control of their Hypertension and Diabetes. The HFA monthly clinic is now a critical part of the community because of a lack of access to similar services and the lack of financial affordability of the services to the participants. We count on the generous support of our donors to effectively do this work and continue to stop the complications of Hypertension and Diabetes in its tracks! 

Blood tests to monitor effects of medications is an important part of managing both of these diseases. HFA has immediate needs to cover the costs of hiring a lab to do the blood tests for the participants. We can get the blood tests arranged in the next two to three months if we have the funds. The tests will cost about $15 per person, and we currently have about 105 participants who are enrolled in the monthly clinics who receive medications. 

Thanks for your support. Recurrent donors sustain the existence of our services. Please consider becoming a recurring donor. The cost of a cup of coffee a week, four cups per month, about $20, will go a long way. Donating is easy. Please click the 'DONATE' button to donate any amount. 

 

Sincerely, 

Nkeiruka Ugo, Project Leader HFA.

Mar 30, 2021

Chronic Disease Care

Health For All continues to provide monthly medications and screening to people with Diabetes and Hypertension in the rural community we serve. We continue to serve 85-100 people monthly at the clinic.

In addition to providing screening for blood pressure and blood sugar, we also provide health education to promote the health and wellbeing of our participants. This past month we also distributed cloth Masks to the 85 participants who attended the clinic. 

We are in the planning stages of a screening event in the Summer of this year. Summer here in America is the Rainy season over there. In addition to education about Hypertension and Diabetes,  Covid-19 virus and vaccine will be discussed in depth.

The attitude about the Covid-19 Pandemic is very worrisome. The majority of the people in the community and the country have little concern about warnings about protecting from the virus. People even ridicule others who try to use face covering. The resistance has shifted to vaccine with many people declaring they're not going to take the vaccine.  

The screening events in Past years cost about $7500 to organize and complete. This is where we need you, our donors. Every dollar gets us closer to being able to organize a successful event.  Please click on the donate link and support us. 

Thanks in advance for your generous support. 

 

Sincerely 

Nkeiruka Ugo

Project Leader. 

Nov 30, 2020

COMORBIDITY OF HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

HFA continues to average 85-100 Participant visits per month. We screen Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar, and provide a monthly supply of medications to each participant. Our Participants' numbers have been very stable and mostly within normal range. 

So far, the area where we provide services has been spared from the Covid-19 Pandemic, but this may change with the Holidays in sight. As people return from overseas and the cities, the risk of importing the virus increases significantly. This is a very frightening scenario in a place where there is no functioning organized Health care. Misinformation and disinformation will also compound and complicate issues if people start to get ill from the Covid-19. 

In addition to the usual services, Participants are instructed to strictly adhere to use of Face covering. Health education will highlight the differences between the usual symptoms of Malaria and Typhoid, which share similar symptoms to Covid-19. The Health education also explains the purpose of all the other safety measures to protect against exposure to the Covid-19. 

We continue to depend on your generous support to continue our service to the community.  Please add HFA to your giving list this Holiday season. It's easy, click on the donate button to get to our project page. 

Your support is greatly appreciated.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Sincerely 

Nkeiruka Ugo,  Project Leader. 

 
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