It was with reluctance and sadness that the International Society of Hypertension cancelled the May Measurement Month (2020) citing the global impact of COVID-19 pandemic. With COVID-19 affecting nearly all countries across the world, the health workers were stretched to the limits, and it was understandably not possible to go ahead with the MMM event in 2020. Moreover, due to the risks posed by COVID-19 pandemic, it was warranted that the screening be postponed avoiding exposure to Coronavirus.
With the year 2021 almost coming to an end and the rate of infections from COVID-19 slowing down, it has proved feasible to continue with May Measurement Month. May Measurement Month (MMM) is the global campaign run by the International Society of Hypertension to raise awareness of the need for people to get their blood pressure checked. This year’s theme is, “Roll Your Sleeves Up and Save a Life. Your Own!” With this theme, everyone is made to understand that having their blood pressure checked makes them aware of their health status thereby taking control of their health.
I am glad to once again be among the volunteers worldwide who are participating in this noble initiative. It is my pleasure to lead my team at Stowelink in rallying people to have their blood pressure checked so that they can take control of their health and improve their health outcomes. With two weeks remaining to the end of this year’s May Measurement Month event, I am convinced that we will reach as many people as possible. The global target is over 1 million people.
To have your blood pressure checked, visit our tent every Sunday of the Month of November at Githurai Youth Empowerment Center, Githurai 44, Nairobi Kenya.