About one million Africans will die today! Same number tomorrow; and every day after that. Yes, the total number of registered deaths in Africa in 2023 was projected at 11.7 million, according to Statista. For us at PreDiagnosis International, there’s something even much more disturbing and unsaid about those 11.7 million deaths. It is the inevitable high contributing percentage of “easily preventable deaths.” If statistics from our grassroots outreaches are anything to go by, you will be shocked at how many of those deaths resulted from something as simple as a raised blood pressure that went unnoticed over a sustained period of time. And because they knew nothing about “high blood pressure or hypertension,” even the subtle signals were therefore ignored, until fatality struck. Our findings show that the story is the same with other NCDs such as pre-diabetes cases, etc
According to centers for disease control and prevention, Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes, are now the leading cause of death worldwide and represent an emerging global health threat. Deaths from NCDs now exceed all communicable disease deaths combined.
A wise man once said; “the diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart attack, cancer and kidney failure of today, were nothing more than mere “seed,” yesterday! At PDI, we believe, addressing NCDs at “seed stages” is a concept that cannot be swept aside, if we are really serious about tackling Africa’s increasing healthcare burden. That’s why over time, we became known for the following; at PDI, we try to stop today, what could stop you tomorrow!
Our research across the continent reveals an unhealthy pattern of self-medication. Pharmacies and local drugs stores have been adopted as grassroots (primary) healthcare point by close to 70% of the population in the continent. In rural Africa, a patient may never get to sit before a doctor more than five times in his or her life-time. And that’s usually as a result of some intervention outreach by an NGO. For the rest of their lives, they are left at the mercy of pharmacy attendants as the only alternative to a GP. Growing rate of organ damages such as steep rise in kidney failure in Africa is a direct result. At PDI, we decided to do something about the situation.
Risk Assessment and Early detection of disease at molecular level, where treatment can be most effective and cost saving
Personalised treatment targeted at route cause, for purposes of better outcomes
Active monitoring of treatment response, until we’ve nursed you back to full health
Provide all medical aspects practice
If there’s one lesson to learn about healthcare delivery in Africa, it is the undeniable fact that most international healthcare concepts needed to be customised in order to fit in with the peculiar Africa terrain, when it comes to grassroots delivery.
Over the years, we successfully pioneered and perfected a unique funnel for grassroots UHC delivery; a network fusion of E-Clinic, Mobile Clinic and Walk-in Clinic