Diabetes and Hypertension
Both these diseases are major targets in the Foundation’s flagship health programme, Health in Every Hut (HiEH).
In developing appropriate health interventions to combat non-communicable disease (NCD) such as diabetes and hypertension, it is important to have an accurate profile of the prevalence of NCDs. The DWF is helping to do this with its HiEH programme, in which every household is screened, mapped and those at risk referred for treatment and then followed up.
The programme’s framework has been developed to cover four components
CHOWs map and screen rural households to identify primary healthcare needs such as hypertension, diabetes, HIV, TB, maternal and child health issues, dementia, orphans & vulnerable children and social issues. Those found at risk are referred to clinics as explained above.
The Foundation supports DoH clinics through mentoring nurses and assisting improvements in clinic service delivery systems, data capturing and client health education.
DWF CHOWs living in the community follow up referred patients and support their treatment progress.
DWF runs regular, targeted health awareness and education programmes in schools and the wider community in its area of operation.
Some highlights of the programme for the period June 2013 to Dec 2015 are as follows
More than 9068 households have been visited by Health in Every Hut (HiEH) programme since June 2013 in the Mbashe area
50,000 people have been screened for hypertension, diabetes, HIV, TB, dementia, maternal and child health, orphans and vulnerable children
Follow-up visits conducted (since June 2014)
HiEH now covers seven areas across the Mbashe district – Hobeni, Bomvana, Madwaleni, Nkanya, Soga, Melitafa, Xhora – encompassing approximately 45,000 people. Additional areas coming on board in 2016 are Mqhele and Mkatazo.
About the Lilly NCD Partnership
By investing USD 30 million over five years, the Lilly NCD Partnership researches new and comprehensive approaches to fighting NCDs, reports on what works and what doesn’t, and advocates for the best solutions. Lilly works with global and national health organisations in Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa to identify needs and develop effective programmes that can make sustainable improvements in health outcomes. The Donald Woods Foundation is one of the partners in South Africa.
NCDs account for two-thirds of all deaths around the world. While NCDs affect people in nearly all countries, the burden of these diseases is rising disproportionately in low- and middle-income countries such as South Africa.