Each outreach involves four key activities that are offered completely free of charge for those community members:
- Blood pressure testing
- Blood sugar level testing
- Diabetes, lifestyle and diet information
- Referrals to the Ho Municipal Hospital Diabetes Ward with follow-up visits paid for by VAF
These outreaches have been conducted in conjunction with the Rotaract Club of Ho as well as the Rotary Club of Ho. Nurses from the Ho Municipal Hospital or other clinics join the outreaches to provide expert medical advice to the beneficiaries. This mobilisation of members of the local community has led to the outreaches becoming well known and sought after and have helped people take control of their own lives, rather than rely on ‘outside’ help. They have played an essential role in increasing the awareness of diabetes which has resulted in attendance rates at the diabetes ward increasing dramatically.