Mobile access to chronic care program in sub-Saharan Africa

Partnership objectives

Help improve the diagnosis, care, and treatment of diabetes and hypertension in Kenya, and ultimately throughout the sub-Saharan region where non-communicable diseases are already the leading cause of death in some age groups.

The first screening programme was performed at the Kajiado County on 26 April 2016 The first screening programme was performed at the Kajiado County on 26 April 2016 Copyright Takeda

What are the health needs and challenges?

NCDs have been predicted to become the leading cause of death by 2030.  Distance to healthcare facilities from more rural areas of Kenya, lack of capacity and the necessary equipment and medicines all leads to poor results in treatment of these NCDs.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

A mobile screening program for diabetes and hypertension in selected counties in Kenya, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Health in those counties.

Activities will include:

  • Screening a population base for hypertension and diabetes using rapid, reproducible and easily taught techniques employing clinical officers, thereby task shifting from doctors
  • Offering a holistic medical care package that includes training of community health workers, raising awareness among target populations about risk factors for diabetes and hypertension and the importance of regular check-ups, providing a community health data system for patient management, and delivering protocols and evidence-based clinical pathways for diabetes and hypertension.
  • Collecting valuable data on prevalence of hypertension & diabetes where prevalence data remains limited.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Relief of sickness and preservation of health including, but not limited to raising awareness of the causes and symptoms of heart related diseases and by assisting in the diagnosis and the provision of medical treatment. 

Advancement of education and training in particular in the medical, nursing and allied heathcare fields.

Achieving stable chronic disease management at the time the initial pilot is completed. Patients will be handed over to local clinical officers trained and educated through this program to deploy chronic disease protocols.

Measurement of progress towards objectives

Critical to this initiative is working together with and supporting the national and county governments. Ultimately the aim is to feed back into the government system. The program will deliver protocolised and evidence based clinical pathways based on the UK NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) guidelines to all tiers of the socio-economic pyramid.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Takeda

Partner(s) Amref Heath Africa, Pan African Heart Foundation (PANAHF)

Type of Partner(s) IGOs, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Diabetes, Hypertension

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Kenya

Start Date 2016

More information Annual Report 2016

Anticipated completion date Ongoing