BOOK TO READ FOUNDATION
BOOK TO READ FOUNDATION
Poor health outcomes are caused by and a cause of poverty in a vicious cycle seen in many developing countries. Poverty causes poor health in that without proper resources, treatable diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and others contribute to disability and mortality. Additionally, poor health further exacerbates the problems of poverty in that illnesses can prevent the sufferer from attending school or working.
The Ghana Health Service, Ghana’s governmental health agency and authority for all public health facilities, identified the main areas of health in which Ghana needs improvement. These include rates of infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, polio, and others; non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and hypertension; and other health outcomes such as maternal and infant mortality and nutritional quality.
Book to Read foundation has therefore placed much significance on health work in the Awutu area. In order to help alleviate many of these endemic health problems, Book to Read foundation works closely with local administrators, community members and stake holders to improve the health of the surrounding area. We are involved in several projects, each of which aims to provide long-lasting impacts and emphasize prevention. These projects include education in schools, assisting at the local health clinic, and several other projects.
Volunteers and interns are welcome to provide health assistance to sick children in the school as well as screening for various health conditions and ailments, including; reading clinic where children would have eye screening service, checking for blood pressure and hypertension, blood sugar test for diabetes, hepatitis B, Rapid Diagnostic Test for malaria, body mass index and mental screening.
It is better and cheaper to detect eye problems in children. You save them the agony of pain and inability to read and most importantly visually impairment in adulthood.
Volunteers can also provide health education on the prevention of illness like malaria, cholera, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and good sanitation practices.
PROJECT UPDATES – – Health Project
Diabetes awareness health walk campaign slated on April 6, 2018, Akweley
Book to Read foundation will embark on a health walk dubbed “Tomorrow’s Prevention, Today”. We want to motivate our children to be active every day and also create awareness on diabetes. Heart disease and stroke kill about 40 percent of the population overall and heart disease is the No. 1 killer in most industrialized countries. But the same factors that can produce heart disease are obesity, poor diet and a lack of exercise, also can lead to diabetes, so people with diabetes carry an extra risk.
Just walking 30 minutes a day, reduce your weight by 10 to 15 pounds and can reduce the incidence of diabetes by 58 percent.
Diabetes mellitus commonly referred to as diabetes is a chronic, often debilitating and sometimes fatal disease which normally occurs when there are metabolic disorders in one’s system which results in high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period.
Ghana is not immune to this escalating rise in the disease. It is estimated approximately 4 million Ghanaians are currently living with the disease, with these numbers increasing daily. In 2013, approximately 8,300 people in Ghana died from the disease and in 2015 it was responsible for 5,000 deaths. Statistics recorded by the Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases show that 90% of all cases are not diagnosed early in order to ensure early treatment and 70% of all cases are diagnosed only after death. This paints a clear picture of the seriousness of the issue and why it must have our full attention.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Awutu Senya West Constituency in the Central Region, Mr George Andah as part of efforts to create awareness about the disease.