Do you know about one million Africans will die today? And about the 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. Unfortunately, majority of those deaths would be due to preventable causes such as; simple high blood pressure left unchecked over a sustained period; and in most cases the individual was not even aware they were living with hypertension. But the enormity of the challenge did not really hit me hard until I had gone round a number of other Africa countries, and discovered that the story is the same.
My name is Elliot Omose. I’m the founder and CEO at PreDiagnosis International – PDI. In the year 2005, I stumbled on something that changed my life forever. I discovered how something as basic as “free BP screening outreach” was powerful enough to mean that lives who could have gone to an early grave had the chance to continue to walk the streets in Africa, for a few more years. This singular discovery has since grown into a consuming passion. As a man of average means, my wife and I have sunk more than $2m of our life savings to Reach, Rescue and Manage the personal health of not less than 2million vulnerable Africa population as at June, 2023
Public Health Advocacy in Africa - very quickly, the vision grew beyond just free BP screening. We went on to discover that with very little we could do a lot more by way of educating the general populace on “how your personal health really works” The goal here is to get more and more Africans to start taking responsibility for one’s own health. And since then, we have found ways to tell the story from the viewpoint of the importance of early intervention. And in the last few years we have mobilised our resources towards helping to curb the growing menace of leading Noncommunicable Diseases in Africa – cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Over time, we become known for this mantra; …at PDI, we try to stop today, what could stop you tomorrow!
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…we’re set up to help resolve hundreds and thousands of early symptoms of noncommunicable diseases every day, in communities across the continent of Africa, before they could get the chance to develop into hospital cases. We get the job done through a combined strategy of our E-Clinic, Mobile Clinic and Walk-in Clinic services.
…to Reach, Rescue and Manage (RRM) the personal basic health of twenty million (20m) vulnerable population, across the continent of Africa, long term!
Two Million client target – Under our Reach, Rescue and Manage vision strategy, PDI has the target of helping to deliver basic healthcare services to at least two (2) million Africans annually, between year 2020 and 2030 through the PDI over the phone, video, approved pharmacy outlets, PDI approved Laboratory investigation outlets, over the PDI App, PDI walk-in Day Clinics, or through our Walk-in healthcare Cubicles/community mobile clinics in hard-to-reach communities.
We are aware, the day may never come, whereby there will be qualified resident doctors in every hidden village and remote dead ends across Africa; there to fly the flag of sustainable basic healthcare for all. Neither do I see the day, whereby there would be standard hospital and clinic facilities evenly spread between the cities and the less accessible regions of Africa, known to hold the greater population of the continent.
While the primary healthcare model in its current form has worked to a great extent in the cities across Africa; it has failed to materialise in the hinder and less populated and less accessible regions of the continent.!
Over the decades, external bodies such as the WHO, United Nations, and the various international foundations have poured huge resources and fundings into basic healthcare in Africa. Yet, I can assure you, that few months on if you are to revisit those regions, you would struggle to find long term benefit and impact from those interventions. Our closer study showed that it is not always the case of mismanaged funds.
Many years back, what we at PDI discovered was the lack of a defined, viable long-term structure and model customised to fit into the culture and way of life in these remote Africa.