Afrocaribbean Health Events -2015 Dates

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Its here again!!
The popular afrocaribbean health events will hold in Aberdeen on the following dates in 2015:

25th April 2015 RCCG Fountain of Love, 31 Palmerston road, AB11 5QP.
23rd May 2015 Garthdee
20th June 2015 Cove

Venues will be communicated shortly.

Please save the dates and be a part of these healthy lifestyle events.

Overall feedback on our most recent event in October 2014 was very positive with 82% of attendees rating the presentations as ‘exceeding’ their expectations and 90% rating the Screenings (HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Blood pressure, blood sugar and other tests) offered as ‘very useful’.

Please contact afrocaribbeanhealth@gmail.com with any enquiries or if you would like to be involved with the events.
Twitter: @afrocaribhealth

Afrocaribbean Health and Wellness Team: Improving health in the black community.

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The Parliamentary Ethnicity and Health report of 2007 shows that Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups generally have worse health than the overall population. For instance, it reports that there is up to 7 times higher rates of new diagnosis of psychosis among Black Caribbean people than among the White British. Health Survey for England 2004 reports a prevalence of Hypertension of more than 38% in Black Carribean males compared to the general population prevalence of 31%.The prevalence of doctor-diagnosed Diabetes amongst Africans and Caribbean men above 55 years combined is 15% compared to the general population prevalence of 4.3%.HIV prevalence for black Africans in the UK is 37 per 1000 population, compared to 1.5 per 1000 of the rest of the population and people from African communities are more likely to test and be diagnosed later than other groups. These are a few instances of the dismal health statistics available about the afrocaribbean ethnic group.

Why is this the case?

There are many reasons given for this picture. These include distrust and unfamiliarity with the way the health sector works, language barriers, stress related to poverty, immigration issues, unemployment, poor housing amongst other factors. Poverty may mean that many eat unhealthy but cheap food which then adversely affects their health. Stigma from society and media can limit access to health services.

What can be done?

The Afrocaribbean Health and Wellness Team (AHWT) has taken the bull by the horn to try and address these areas of health inequality. This unique group is made up of health professionals, members of the voluntary sector and other people with the following objectives:

  • To raise awareness of health related issues affecting the Afro-Caribbean communities in Scotland.

  • To empower Afro-Caribbeans to make informed choices about their health.

  • To inform Afro- Caribbeans about health support services and agencies available in the community.

To be able to bridge the health inequality, we found it necessary to liaise with Faith group leaders as worship is an integral aspect of the afrocaribbean community. It is the belief of the AHWT that for health interventions to make an impact within any group, strategies must align to the beliefs and practices of that group.AIDS and Mobility Europe recommends that policy, prevention, treatment and care for migrants should include ”targeted, culturally appropriate services and communication with migrant communities.”

 

What we did:

We carried out a health survey at the Fountain of Love church, Aberdeen to ascertain what health issues the members of the Faith group wanted to learn more about. A total of 212 people participated in the survey 59% of whom were females. 88% were members of the church, the rest had been visiting on the day of the survey. 58% of those who participated in the survey were in the 30-40 years age range.

Based on the result of the survey, a health event took place on the 25th of October at the Fountain of Love church hall. Health professionals were invited from within and outside the Afrocaribbean community to educate and inform attendees on different health topics. Topics covered included Mental Health, Cardiovascular Health, Sexual Health, Men’s Health, Getting to know your NHS and Weight Management. Speakers on the day were Dr Matthew Jack, Dr Winifred Eboh, Dr Petrus Elofuke, Dr Adaeze Ifezulike, Dr Fumen Gamba and Mr Katai Kasengele. Good interactive participation was helped by small group workshops on the various topics which were anchored by the speakers and others including Dr Jenny Bryden, Mrs Tabeth Timba-Emmanuel, Mrs Ubong Usua, Mrs Lolade Ogunrinboye and Mrs Yetunde Odebiyi.

 

More than 40 people opted for confidential testing for blood borne viruses like HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C while a further 60 had their blood sugar, Blood pressure, Fat content and Body Mass Index (BMI) measured. The testing booths were manned by Public health staff from the NHS (Penny Gillies and Helen Corrigan) and Roselie Emmanuel.

 The Atmosphere:

Sexual wellbeing network, Adaeze Ifezulike, Roselie Emmanuel, Chris Gbenle, Dupe Omotosho, Katai Kasengele, Jenny Bryden, Ubong Usua,It was fantastic as people felt at home unlike they would in a hospital environment. Their questions were answered. Food was provided by the church and visible participation by church leaders headed by Pastor Dr Chris Gbenle helped to foster trust and engagement with attendees.

The event ended with a ”HEALTH FRIENDLY’ Certificate issued to the church.

Evaluation of event:

Participants were asked to anonymously evaluate the event with a series of questions, some of which are included here:

How could the event be improved? Some answers included ”I would want to hear more about stress management, high blood pressure and mental health”, ”Create more awareness of the programme” and ”Do such programs at least every two months.”

What did you  like best about the event? ”The workshops and the screening”, ”The package was excellent” and ”All the sessions.”

What have you gained as a result of attending this event?

”A lot, I now know my weight, BMI and sugar blood test,” ”Information on weight management,” ”That its not only when you are not feeling well that you should seek advice” and ”Intensive education and awareness about HIV and other illnesses.”

What might you do differently as a result of this event?

”Change my eating and drinking habits”, ”Watch my weight,” ”Monitor my health,” ”Change diet, become more active and less lonely” and ”Eat better.”

90% of the evaluation forms handed back rated the organisation of the event as Excellent or Good.

Members of the Afrocaribbean Health and Wellness team include Dr Winifred Eboh, Dr Matthew Jack, Mrs Ubong Usua, Mrs Lolade Ogunrinboye, Mrs Tabeth Timba-Emmanuel, Mr Katai Kasengele and Dr Adaeze Ifezulike.

If you would like to know more about the afrocaribbean health events and how your organisation can achieve ‘HEALTH FRIENDLY’ status, please contact Dr Adaeze Ifezulike on info@sexualwellbeingnetwork.com

Talking Sex in the Afrocarribean Community.

Afrocarribean health event, sexual healthRobert Gordon University (RGU) recently hosted a conference to highlight sexual health amongst the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. Several delegates attended the free event at the university’s Riverside East building on Saturday, April 19.

Sponsored by NHS Grampian Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus MCN and African Health Project Waverley Care, the conference boasted an impressive line-up of keynote speakers.

Conference convener Dr Adaeze Ifezulike is GP Clinical Lead for Sexual health and Blood borne Viruses in NHS Grampian and author of the Amazon Bestseller book “Understanding Contraception.” She said: “The Afro-Caribbean community make an invaluable contribution to the energy sector, NHS, educational sector and indeed all areas of UK business and yet continues to lag behind in sexual health issues with high abortion rates as well as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B infections. “This is completely unacceptable and one of our objectives at this conference was to mobilise both the healthcare and Afro-Caribbean communities to take steps to improve our sexual wellbeing.”

Dr Winifred Eboh, a senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University, helped to organise the event and gave her own presentation entitled: “Cultural misconceptions that affect sexual behaviour and risk taking.” Dr Eboh said: “We’re very proud to have hosted the conference here at RGU and add our support to this cause. We have received great feedback from delegates who said they found it interesting and informative, and enjoyed the interactive nature of the event which allowed detailed discussions. “Sexual health and wellbeing amongst the Afro-Caribbean diaspora is a very important topic and we hope the event has helped to raise awareness of the work being done to address a number of issues in this area.”

Afrocarribean Health event, sexual health Other speakers on the day included Dr Emmanuel Okpo, Consultant Public Health Physician at NHS Grampian, Dr Daniella Brawley, Consultant in Sexual Health at NHS Grampian and Katai Kasengele from Waverley Care. Dr Okpo reviewed the state of sexual health (unplanned pregnancy / abortion / HIV and Hepatitis B/C) in the black community in the UK and Dr Brawley’s presentation helped to put the side effects of contraception into perspective with the treatment of blood borne viruses. Katai Kasengele showcased the work of African health projects and support available for Africans living with HIV.

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