We Care: Chronic Disease Education in Botswana

Partnership Objective

Educate the general public in Botswana about chronic diseases.

The Wellness Days seek to educate through a program of talks, blood pressure screening and counselling. The Wellness Days seek to educate through a program of talks, blood pressure screening and counselling. Copyright IFPMA

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The Boehringer Ingelheim Botswana "We Care" Program, which includes the "Wellness Days" and the "Heart Art Competition", aims to educate the general public in Botswana, rather than healthcare professionals.

The Wellness Days seek to educate through a program of talks, blood pressure screening and counselling. Patients attend a "Wellness Talk" given by the Cardiac Clinic and the Boehringer Ingelheim staff to inform them about the dangers of high blood pressure, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, exercise and diet. By October 2009, 6,000 patients had been screened and informed.

The “Heart Art Competition” takes a series of lectures based on a healthy lifestyle exercise and diet to schools. Further contents of the lectures are high blood pressure, high blood sugar and obesity. For the competition, children do paintings depicting their understanding of the wellness message. The event was rolled out nationally in 2007, involving 86 schools.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Boehringer Ingelheim

Partner(s) Botswana Ministry of Health

Type of Partner(s) Government

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Asthma, Cardiovascular Diseases, Respiratory Diseases

Program Type(s) Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Elderly, Men, Women

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Botswana

Start Date 2007

Completed date 2012