Best Ideas 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
EASING THE BURDEN OF NON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN A BID TO END EXTREME POVERTY
Explain your idea in details:
It is estimated that non-communicable diseases account for 27% of all deaths suffered by Kenyans, equivalent to almost 100,000 people per year (WHO, 2016). Over 50% of all hospital admissions are as a result of NCDs. This is a major public health concern which has resulted in a significant socioeconomic drag for Kenya. Diabetes and hypertension are mostly diagnosed co incidentally during hospital visits for other reasons making them very difficult to diagnose because of the poor health seeking behaviour amongst us. What A Wean is a social enterprise that seeks to enhance screening for Diabetes and Hypertension away from the hospital setting, provide linkage to treatment and free doorstep delivery of medication in a bid to enhance adherence and provide continuity of care among the undeserved population in Kenyas informal settlements. Our main objective is to enhance screening for these silent killers with the help of Community Health Volunteers (CHVs). ). These are Kenyas community-based health workers who deliver services in a defined geographical area location called a Community Health Unit. These Community Health Units are composed of approximately 5,000 people (or 1,000 households) and are served by approximately 10 CHVs. CHVs are supervised by Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs), who are government employees mandated to provide health services at the household and community levels and make referrals and linkages to health facilities. We will recruit, train and employ these CHVs to provide our services at affordable rates. Our approach is different, simple but special. Most cases of Diabetes and Hypertension are diagnosed late after a complication arising from the same. With enhanced screening at the community/ household level, we are sure to witness a surge in the number of new cases with no or fewer complications.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Non communicable diseases (NCDs) are not just a serious setback to the social and economic development; they are a real threat to the integrity of the health system of many Sub Sahara African Countries, Kenya included. They are a major public health concern with significant economic implications in terms of health care-needs, lost productivity and premature death as they are now affecting men and women at their most productive years necessary for national building, placing a heavy burden on our economy and reducing our economic growth. The work of this enterprise will be a strategic component in achieving universal health coverage, securing affordable health care and improving the livelihood of all Kenyans which in turn will guarantee a healthy nation working towards sustainable development and prosperity. Identifying these diseases in the pre-clinical stages by screening offers those affected and providers an opportunity to modify long-term risk before serious complications occur. We will be taking monthly incidence reports from local hospitals and counterchecking with our data to ascertain the expected incremental/ marginal impact. we aim to screen at least 300 individuals per month by just one of our CHVs. For those diagnosed, we aim to provide 90% successful linkage services
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our main business being health care service provision, Each CHV will be measuring blood pressure, Body Mass Index ( BMI) and Random Blood Sugar at a fee of less than $1 each. this will take place in the households or in the community within their Community Health Unit. Provision of linkages to designated nearby hospitals will also be done by the CHVs. As a start up, our main source of funding will be grants. We plan to work together with the local governments and hospitals in collaboration from the beginning and as we scale up.
26 years old. Born and raised in Kisumu City, Kenya. Raised by my older siblings after loosing my father few months after my birth and loosing my mum at the age of 9. Managed to get Education after several sponsorships by Compassion International. Worked myself up through college and graduated as a health practitioner. my motivation comes from those suffering from NCDs but still battling to stay healthy and strong in order to work and put food on the table for their families