The Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF) in collaboration with the Imo State Ministry of Health and the Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) held a two-day project data review meeting on 3rd-4th March 2020, at the Art Noveau Event Centre, Owerri, Imo State.
The objectives of the meeting were to review project targets and milestones, extensively engage the project data and discuss challenges as well as mitigation techniques.
In attendance were the Director, Public Health at the Imo State Ministry of Health – Dr Austin Okeji; the Director Community Health Services at the Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Emeka Okere; representatives from the community-based organization on the project, Center for Family Health Initiative (CFHI) and health workers from 56 health care facilities (who were split into two batches over the two-day period).
Since project implementation began in the health facilities and communities in April 2019, health care workers have screened over 13,000 persons with the data revealing a 12% prevalence of diabetes mellitus, while CFHI reported screening over 8,000 persons with a 5% prevalence over the same period. These results generated conversations among stakeholders present on the need to strengthen health promotion and routine screening at their centres. In addition, the DAC project mentors utilized this opportunity to revise the use of the project data tools and management processes with the health care workers.
At the end of the meeting, all facilities were restocked with consumables to enable them continue project implementation at their various centres.
The DAC project commenced in 2018; it is a three-year World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) funded project, jointly implemented by the Federal Ministry of Health and HSDF in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Imo State.