STOWELINKS JOINS THE HEALTH DRIVE INITIATIVE FOR A MEGA HEALTH SCREENING AT JKUAT UNIVERSITY GROUNDS 13-7-22

On July 13th Stowelink joined the health drive to conduct a major screening at the Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology. On this day Stowelink was providing screening services for blood pressure, medical consultations and health education on non-communicable diseases. Other screening services that were available from the other partners that attended included BMI, blood sugar checkups, COVID 19 vaccinations, and sexual and reproductive health services, just to mention a few.

Stowelink is happy to have been able to continuously participate and organize these screening services in partnership with the health drive initiative which started way back in 2020.It’s our sole mission to ensure we improve the health care of the communities that we exist in and we are privileged to be able to contribute to that mission through this partnership with the health drive initiative.

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STOWELINK SCREENS 1158 PEOPLE IN THE MAY MEASUREMENT MONTH 2022

Stowelink was privileged to be one of the key implementors of the may measurement month where we collaborated with The Kenya Cardiac Society, the Ministry Of Health amongst other partners to run a successful hypertension screen campaign.

Stowelink MMM Approach

In order to have many people screened during the MMM (June 19th – July 13th), Stowelink employed a unique approach which involved screening people in public spaces and along busy junction around Githurai 44 Youth Empowerment Center. Similarly, the screening activities were slated for weekends (Sundays) since most people are at home and not at their place of work —which would deny them the opportunity to participate in the MMM 2022.

To augment this unique approach, Stowelink leveraged its volunteers to help in mobilization. The volunteers played a key role in this activity as they helped in creating the much-needed awareness on hypertension and help people gain absolute understanding of the essence of May Measurement Month Global Campaign.

Stowelink Key Message During MMM

In step with the need to create value and ensure that people derive benefits from the exercise, Stowelink was critical with the message it disseminated to the public bearing in mind that it has to be correct, factual, and scientific. The key messages revolved around prevention, management, treatment, and control of High Blood Pleasure including but not limited to:

  1. The need to regulate salt intake as much salt can lead imbalance of electrolytes in the body hence elevated blood pressure.
  2. Physical exercise which helps in reducing the risk factors to high blood pressure such as overweight and obesity.
  3. Avoidance of alcohol and tobacco which leading risk factors to cardiovascular disease including hypertension.
  4. Limiting the intake of foods high in saturated fats.
  5. Eliminating/reducing trans fats in diet.
  6. Eating more fruit and vegetables.

Overal we were able to screen 1158 people in 5 weeks.

WeekDateNo of People screened
Week 119TH June 2022275
Week 226th June 2022267
Week 303 July 2022257
Week 410th July 2022359
Total1158

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STOWELINK’S CEO PUBLISHES A NEW ARTICLE ON PROJECT SYNDICATE ON NCD FUNDING

Stowelink founder and CEO Mr Ogweno Stephen recently published an important opinion piece with the Project Syndicate sharing deep insights on funding and non-communicable diseases. Project Syndicate is an international media organization that publishes and syndicates commentary and analysis on a variety of global topics. All opinion pieces are published on the Project Syndicate website, but are also distributed to a wide network of partner publications for print.

Here is a snippet of the article

Noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, but efforts to tackle them receive less than 10% of the global health budget. With the NCD burden likely to increase further, countries must take five urgent steps to bring about a shift in funding priorities.

NAIROBI – Noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, obesity, and mental disorders, are often chronic and develop over a long period. Collectively, NCDs account for about 70% of all deaths globally (and 60% of deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa, where they account for over 55% of hospital admissions in countries such as Kenya). Developing countries thus face a double burden of illness, with communicable diseases like malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis still presenting a huge challenge alongside the rising incidence of NCDs.READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THE LINK BELOW: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/noncommunicable-diseases-funding-strategy-five-priorities-by-stephen-ogweno-2022-07

STOWELINK CEO FEATURED ON NATION NEWSPAPER ADDRESSING OBESITY AND FOOD APPS

Stowelink CEO Ogweno Stephen was recently featured in a two-pager article on The Daily Nation Newspaper addressing the conversation on obesity in Kenya and the role that food applications and targeted advertising play. In the news article Ogweno addresses the critical question on the effect of these food apps but more than that he also offers practical suggestions and recommendations to solutions both at a policy level and implementation level to ensure better quality of food and a reduction in obesity attributed to food apps.

Here is a snippet of the article

WHO recommends that people take in unsaturated fats such as those in avocados, nuts of fish compared to saturated fats found in cheese, ghee and all kinds of trans-fat foods like French fries.

Stephen Ogweno, who works with WHO’s Global Coordinating Mechanism for Non-Communicable Diseases and an obesity awareness champion, points out that the proliferation of food apps in the country is worrying because of their ‘aggressive’ marketing, which targets young people.

“People think it is a cool thing to do so they tend to buy food online instead of cooking at home. The food may be cheap because it is being produced in bulk and that means that it has trans-fats, which are the most dangerous components in food,” he says.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://nation.africa/kenya/healthy-nation/the-impact-of-booming-online-food-delivery-industry-on-our-health-3847852

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HERE IS WHY BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING IS IMPORTANT: MAY MEASUREMENT MONTH SERIES

So why is blood pressure screening so important and why are we pushing this agenda so strongly?

Raised blood pressure is the number one cause of preventable death worldwide. We are improving awareness by helping people to get their blood pressure checked every May, completely free, all across the world.

A blood pressure screening is important because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms and cannot be detected without being measured. High blood pressure increases risk of heart disease and stroke. Be screened for blood pressure once every two years, starting at age 20.

High blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes or medication. After age 65, women have a higher risk of high blood pressure than men, and African-American adults of all ages have a higher-than-average risk.

The key to preventing cardiovascular disease is to manage risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high total cholesterol or high blood glucose. Through regular doctor visits, a doctor can screen for the risk factors and help form a plan to manage them.

A doctor might recommend a blood pressure check:

  1. At least every 1 to 2 years if the blood pressure is less than 120/80.
  2. At least every year—or as often as recommended—if you have prehypertension. This means the systolic pressure (the first number) is 120 to 139 and the diastolic pressure (the second number) is 80 to 89.
  3. More often if there are other risk factors of heart disease or evidence of disease caused by high blood pressure.

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STOWELINK CEO FEATURED ON LOOK UP TV: ARIVE ALIVE SHOW

Stowelink through the founder and CEO, Ogweno Stephen was featured on The Arrive Alive TV Show on Focus TV where he talked about road safety issues and the importance of hygiene and public health in the roads and with our public transit systems.

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STOWELINK JOINS THE INTERNATIONAL MAY MEASUREMENT MONTH CAMPAIGNS

Stowelink joins hand with the Kenya Cardiac Society and the International Society Of Hypertension and its partners to once again implement the May Measurement Month activities. In Kenya, Stowelink is coordinating the national campaigns with support from the Kenya Cardiac Society ensuring that all partners across the country have been trained and are conducting blood pressure screening activities. Locally, Stowelink is screening in the slum areas of Githurai 45 where we are offering blood pressure screenings, medical consultation and referral services every Sunday for the next 4 weeks. Our volunteers continue to be a crucial part of the screening process ensuring that they help in making these critical health services available to the members of the slum communities.

May Measurement Month is a global blood pressure screening awareness campaign, launched in 2017 by our founding partner, the International Society of Hypertension. Our aim is to highlight the importance of measuring your blood pressure (BP) and to raise awareness of the dangers posed by elevated BP and hypertension. Our target is to increase the numbers of participants aged 18+ who are regularly getting their BP checked and to give people the tools to understand how this information can contribute to your knowledge about your individual health. MMM also provides diet and lifestyle advice to those with BP in the hypertensive range and to facilitate improved follow up for sufferers.

On a broader level, MMM uses the data on inadequately treated hypertension to motivate governments to improve BP screening facilities and reduce the huge global burden of disease and death caused by raised BP.

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AFRICAN NCD CHAMPIONS PODCAST QUARTERLY BRIEF

The second quarter is done and our partnership with The Africa NCD Champions Podcast series continues to get even better. Here is a highlight of the stories that were featured this quarter and where you can watch them.

listen to all the episodes on your favorite podcast channels via the link below:

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STOWELINK TRAINED ON TRANSFATTY ACIDS ELIMINATION IN KENYA

Stowelink executive represented by Ogweno Stephen the CEO and Oduor Kevin the CPO joined other media and legal stakeholders in a three-day intensive training session by the International Institute Of Legislative Affairs to have a deep dive on trans fats and its elimination in Kenya. In the training, Stowelink received legal training on the various laws and processes that are currently in place concerning trans fats and how through, research, legislation, lobbying and alliance building we can actively contribute to creating better laws to ensure that we are able to eliminate trans fats in Kenya and adopt healthier alternatives.

Why Trans fats and why should it be eliminated? Trans fat is considered the worst type of fat to eat. Unlike other dietary fats, trans fats — also called trans-fatty acids — raise “bad” cholesterol and also lowers “good” cholesterol. A diet laden with trans fats increases the risk of heart disease, the leading killer of adults.

The International Institute for Legislative Affairs (IILA) is a not- for- profit organization that works closely with Policy making institutions, Government Departments, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in the legislative process to draft and advocate for pro- people policies and legislation. IILA’s mandate is to engage stakeholders in the policy and legislative process to facilitate the enactment and implementation of policies and legislation that have a positive impact on the lives of people

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