As a clinical leader in health promotion and disease prevention in Canada, we are uniquely positioned to respond to the World Health Organization's challenge to the international community to address non-communicable disease in low- and middle-income countries.
We believe we can curtail the harm of non-communicable disease through a model of durable, quality health care with two sister clinics in Kenya through:
- long-term global partnerships;
- preventive health training; and
- supporting community and clinical efforts by in-person and virtual visits
In operation since 2013, Medcan Naweza has collaborated with two independently-funded sister clinics to improve the quality and delivery of patient care. We do this by:
- addressing risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer among outpatients in remote, rural, resource-limited settings
- in-country visits and virtual consults that support treatment strategies, early diagnosis and risk reduction for chronic disease and complex medical cases
- relationship and trust building in the community through health literacy and public education
The information collected and best practices learned from this model of international collaboration for health care delivery could be taken to scale, and applied globally for chronic disease prevention in other low-resource communities.