Africa eHealth Solution (AeHS), Ghana organised a community empowerment outreach follow up session for the Mosque Group. This group is part of the collaborative working group that works hand in hand with AeHS on the Community Empowerment project currently being implemented.
The purpose for this outreach was meant to seek and gauge the knowledge and perceptions of participants about diabetes and hypertension and how to prevent it. These participants were from the Muslim group who predominantly live in and around the Madina area, near Accra. It was noted among other pertinent concerns that knowledge of this disease was low in their community. Furthermore, a lack of community awareness about treating and management of the disease was also identified.
The role of social support systems such as the community and the family in helping to cope with the disease was also discussed among participants. They participants emphasised the need for the community to organise regular community durbars to educate people on diabetes prevention.
Participants at the session also stressed the need for collaboration between Community Health Care Workers and the community members. Participants expressed their concerns that CHWs need to seek easy access to information as and when they need it.
Pearl Aovare a member of staff of AeHs interacted with members of the Mosque Group in Madina which is part of the Community Empowerment project currently being implemented