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Stop Hypertension and Diabetes in its tracks

by HFANaija Inc.
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Stop Hypertension and Diabetes in its tracks
Stop Hypertension and Diabetes in its tracks
Stop Hypertension and Diabetes in its tracks
Stop Hypertension and Diabetes in its tracks
Stop Hypertension and Diabetes in its tracks

Health For All Naija (HFA Naija) is keeping its promise to prevent, and or forestall disease complications of Diabetes and Hypertension through our Monthly clinics. We have averaged 85 participants visit in the interval since our last report. Thankfully the communities we serve have not recorded any Covid-19 cases. During the two months of April and May, we observed Social Distancing as we continued to provide medicatiins for disease maintenance. 

Uncontrolled Hypertension and Diabetes, either alone or together are major risk factors for Stroke and Renal failure. Other cardiovascular and peripheral vascular diseases are also attributable to Hypertension and Diabetes. Unlike most other countries, Nigeria has no evident resources or facilities to manage such complications. In part, due to the absence of Care, the community often defaults to associating such complications to the supernatural, and finger pointing about who might be responsible. 

HFA continues to provide essential care aimed at controlling and preventing complications of Hypertension and Diabetes. Our monthly clinic provides blood pressure and blood sugar screening, and monthly supplies of medications for maintenance treatment of Hypertension and Diabetes. Maintenance is key in Chronic disease care, and our participants are proof that maintenance saves lives. 

Even as the world is focused on the Covid-19 pandemic, Chronic diseases continue to affect people just the same. Please support our efforts to continue the service we provide. Please donate. Any amount helps us in some way to continue our work. Please consider becoming a monthly donor. 

We are now in the second half of the year, please keep us in mind and add us to your list for Giving this year. Please share our cause and help us continue this lifesaving work. 

THANK YOU!

 

Sincerely, 

Nkeiruka Ugo, Project Leader. 

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Health For All Naija continues our mission of chronic disease care. We provide monthly supplies of medications for Hypertension and Diabetes. Sor far this year we have averaged 85 patients per month. 

We are confronted with some of the challenges of chronic disease care. Keeping participants engaged and compliant with taking their medications and following treatment instructions. Staff volunteers call participants twice monthly to remind them of clinic date. 

The other challenge is that of making a chronic disease in priority when someone is faced with other immediate survival needs like food and shelter. Life in the rural area we serve, have only gotten more difficult in the five years we have been providing services. Life there is about 'putting out fires' and chronic diseases often do not present a crisis until late complications develop. Consequently chronic disease treatment, even free, is often not a priority.

The good news is that with the support of our donors, in spite of these challenges, a fair number of participants have continued to receive lifesaving care. We hope you can continue to support this work. Recurrent donation means we can be sure our services will continue. Please consider becoming a recurrent donor to HFANaija today!

Thank you!

 

Sincerely, 

Nkeiruka Ugo. 

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Health For All provides Chronic disease care to a population of people who need it the most. The population we serve needs chronic disease care because of the greater burden of disease complication in poor rural communities. We offer monthly clinics to participants with Hypertension, and or Diabetes. 

Chronic diseases like Hypertension and Diabetes often doesn't get attention and treated as might be the case with an infection. A person with an infection feels sick, which interferes with their daily activities, and which in turn causes the individual to promptly seek care. Chronic diseases on the other hand are just that, chronic. It is slow, and ongoing in it's progression, and very often would not interfere with daily activities until late in the disease. Chronic diseases are often not cured, but must be managed and maintained, which means ongoing medication therapy or health behavior change. 

Hypertension and Diabetes affect Cardiovascular health and if left untreated, Hypertension and Diabetes can lead to serious complications and death. Disease complications in a place without the resources to treat such complications is eventual untimely death.

Health For All provides chronic dieease management and maintenance care. Participants receive telephone and text message reminders for the monthly clinics. We screen blood pressure and blood sugar at each clinic. We provide individual counseling and coaching about both diseases. We provide monthly supplies of six different medications. About 50% of our participants each receive monthly supplies of two different medications. Slightly fewer receive one medication, and a small percentage receive three or more different medications. 

We have delivered these services in 1,140 episodes of care so far this year. This Chronic disease care will continue as long as participants continue to come. Health For All thanks you for your past support. Thanks to our donors who encourage us by leaving feedback. Special thanks to our recurring donors. Please consider being a recurring donor. Please include HFA on your Holiday gift list. 

                                                                      HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Thanks, 

Nkeiruka Ugo.

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Health For All Naija is changing how Hypertension and Diabetes are managed in the community we serve. Unlike the norm in this area, where Hypertension and Diabetes are treated on an 'as needed' basis, our participants receive their medications monthly. Participants are educated to take their medications daily and to report any unwanted effects that may cause interruption in taking their medications. HFA promotes maintenance care with the use of telephone reminders to improve attendance. 

The sociopolitical, cultural, and economic circumstances of the population we serve continue to pose an ongoing challenge. Having clinics monthly and the use of telephone reminders are helping to keep most of our participants engaged. We also use individual counselling to improve behavior and adherence to treatment. 

We currently average 100 participants per month. We distribute 1-4 different medications to each participant, with the majority receiving at least 2 different medications. Each participant receives appropriate dose to keep their Hypertension and or Diabetes in control. 

Your support is important in continuing our project. As part of our end of year plan, we hope to subsidze basic bood tests for our members. This blood test is necessary to check the impact of the medications and monitor disease control. 

Please consider making a donation today. All donations are tax deductible. Giving to Health For All is a wonderful way to manage your tax dollars. We also welcome corporate donors. .

Thank you!

 

Sincerely, 

Nkeiruka Ugo, FNP. 

Project Leader. 

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A patient and now staff volunteer at HFANaija
A patient and now staff volunteer at HFANaija

Health For All Naija continues monthly clinics for participants in rural Nigeria who have been diagnosed with Hypertension and, or Diabetes. We now have a dedicated Smart cell phone for HFA, used to remind participants of clinic dates. A majority of our participants have cell phones, but very few can read text messages. 

Over the past three months, we have used three different approaches to address the problem of less than expected attendance at the monthly clinics. The failure of a participant to show up at a monthly clinic is of concern because that means the participant does not take his or her medications for a full month until the next clinic. Among the reasons participants cite is that they forget, they did not see text message, or there was an event that required their attendance. 

In April there were no reminders, and we had 83 visits. In May, staff sent only text message reminders to participants, and turn out was 82. The clinic date in April coincided with a must attend event in the community which affected turn out. Participants received phone calls prior to the June clinic on June 1st, and turn out was 110, almost a 50% increase over the last two months. 

A 50% increase in attendance is a very strong incentive to continue and intensify our outreach efforts. We will use both text and phone reminders one week, and again 1-2 days prior to a clinic date. Our next quarterly report will have update on the effectiveness of this effort. We will also collate and update you on Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar trends among our participants. 

Thanks for your continued support of Health For All Naija. Please give us feedback on our Report. 

PLEASE CONSIDER BEING A RECURRENT DONOR! 

 

Thanks!

Nkeiruka Ugo

Participant since inception of HFA
Participant since inception of HFA
New staff volunteer at HFA Monthly clinics
New staff volunteer at HFA Monthly clinics
Lead staff volunteer at HFA Monthly clinics
Lead staff volunteer at HFA Monthly clinics
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HFANaija Inc.

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Nkeiruka Ugo
San Francisco, CA United States
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