On May 17th every year, the word celebrates the World Hypertension Day. This is day is dedicated to educating people on hypertension and spreading awareness about the need to have blood pressure measured.
In 2022, the WHD was celebrated with as special theme, “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer, focusing on combatting low awareness rates worldwide, especially in low to middle income areas, and accurate blood pressure measurement methods.
According to WHO, hypertension affects an estimated 1.28 billion people globally, two thirds of them in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 46% of people with hypertension globally are unaware that they have the condition, and less than half of all adults with hypertension are diagnosed and treated. Just 1 in 5 adults with hypertension have it under control, meaning 80% are at significant risk of complications, including heart attack, stroke, irregular heart-beat and kidney damage.
To learn more about hypertension, watch my interview with KUTV below.
ODUOR KEVIN is a Public Health Specialist with considerable experience in the health care industry. He has worked in various organizations, leading projects and programs aimed at improving the health outcomes of people living with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and the general population. Oduor Kevin is currently the Chief Programs Officer at Stowelink Inc, a youth-led organization with a single most focus on addressing the burden of NCDs. Oduor’s experience in project management is attributed to his work at Population Services Kenya (PSK) where he served as a member of the National Coordinating Committee for Kitu Ni Kukachora project. Further, in 2019, Oduor Kevin was appointed as Kenyatta University Campus Director by Millenium Campus Network (MCN) to supervise and lead Millennium Fellows in their Social Impact projects. During this assignment, he successfully supervised the fellows and delivered them for graduation under the banner of Millennium Fellowship.
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