Car Free Day on July 22nd, 2018

On Sunday, July 22, 2018, our team participated in the monthly Car Free Day organized by Bugesera District, in Nyamata. We performed various medical tests for free. The checkups included the habitual Body Mass Index and Blood Pressure for all the willing participants, plus blood glucose screening for the participants aged 25 and above.
The BMI screening helps people to know whether they are underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. The blood pressure provides information about the heart health situation. The blood glucose screening makes people be aware of the sugar concentration in their blood, and so, it helps to be aware of their diabetes risk.
More than that, we provided the participants with personalized health education for them to know what strategies to use to keep themselves healthy.
During this event, we screened 82 people, and we provided them with health education according to the results of the checkups.

Sport de Masse on April 29, 2018

On   Sunday,   April   29,   2018,   Bugesera   District   held  the  monthly  community  sport. Benefactor David Clinic participated in it, and they performed free Body Mass Index (BMI) and Blood Pressure (BP) screening, as well as free health education to all the willing participants.

The BMI helps people to know if they are underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese  so  that  they  can  take  care  of themselves  according  to  their  statuses.  The  blood pressure provides the health situation of their heart.

During the Sunday’s activity, we were able to screen 56 people and provide with them with health education according to their statuses.

Observation and Results

According to these results, we can conclude that even if the community sport is attended by a little number, all the age ranges are represented, from children to adults. Moreover, we can also notice that the number of women is far low than men in all the ranges of age.

The average blood pressure is quite normal across all the categories of the participants. For a blood pressure to be normal, it is comprised between 149 and 70 for the systole, and between 90 and 50 for the diastole.

For the BMI, the overall average (23.54) for all the participants falls into the normal range (18.5 to 25.5 kg/m2). However, it is at the minimal normal level for children and it falls into the overweight range for the adults. By the way, this is the category which is the most exposed to metabolic diseases and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes.

Recommendations

We are really thankful for the support we received from the authority, and especially from Bugesera Youth Council. First you early understood the leitmotiv of our activity, and you engage in supporting us. Your support motivate us to move higher.

However, there are some improvements that we would want to recommend in order to make the community event more beneficial to the community.

First, there is a need to increase the attendance rate especially for women. This will help us and the sector to make the population healthy. In addition, it helps the sector and the health actors to access a wide range of data about health issues, which data can contribute to accurate decision-making.

Second, we would recommend an increase in the number of performed screening. For example, we should think about including a blood test and blood group determination. This would help the individuals to get more information about their health status.

Otherwise, we appreciate your collaboration, and we are looking forward to reinforcing it for long and better.