Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Health promotion enables people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. According to the World Health Organization, non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancers are responsible for more than 60 percent of deaths globally (WHO, 2008). It is predicted that NCD related deaths are to increase by 15% globally between 2010 and 2020. Through health promotion, key risk factors can be addressed to help prevent chronic diseases.

EPOS recognizes the importance of this topic and supports intersectoral collaboration and empowerment of individuals and communities in fighting chronic diseases. EPOS encourages dialogue and works with national experts knowing the country’s needs and capacities on country-owned solutions. This approach results in tangible outcomes while balancing international best practices.

EPOS has more than 10 years experience in conducting projects in the area of health promotion and disease prevention. Our goal in all projects is to raise the capacity of our partners.

Key Results

Mongolia MCC Green WeekFor the past five years, EPOS has provided technical assistance to the Health Project on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable diseases and road traffic injuries financed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Spanning from 2008 - 2013, it is one of the largest efforts mounted in a developing country to prevent and control non-communicable diseases and injuries. The 40 million USD project has provided essential support to Mongolia’s existing National Program on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, including its Sub-program on Cancer Prevention and Control. Results to date include:

  • an increased coverage in population based screening for diabetes, hypertension, breast and cervical cancer

  • increased community/population awareness on risk factors through different IEC/BCC interventions

  • strengthened capacities of research institutions

  • 6 new clinical guidelines, clinical standards and various new procedure protocols

  • a national law on tobacco control passed

  • a new network for WHP (workplace health promotion) with more than 300 members

  • A total of 51,593 training person days undertaken, with 20% for non-medical staff. The main training topics were health promotion, NCDI prevention and case management.

  • health promotion, case management and rehabilitation of the major non-communicable chronic diseases such as hypertension, Diabetes mellitus, cervical and breast cancer, stroke and myocardial infarction.

EPOS also undertakes initiatives in workplace health promotion, for example recently in Kenya, the workplace being a setting we consider very important in sustaining and promoting health. EPOS provides flexible and adaptable solutions as well as highly professional staff in the area of HP&DP.

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