According to research, immigrant populations are vulnerable to health disparities and they disproportionately suffer from many serious diseases while experiencing significantly worse health outcomes than non-migrants. Africa's health problems are getting worse, especially with the rise of chronic and life style diseases. Disease screening, patient education and referral for follow up can improve the health of the poor and marginalized populations that may otherwise have little or no access to healthcare.
According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 2635 Kenyan women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, with 2,111 dying from the disease making it the most prevalent cancer among women in the country. About 38.8 percent of women in the general population are estimated to harbor cervical Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which infection is the leading cause of cervical cancer.
UHAI for Health endeavors to achieve the following Goals and Objectives:
1) To work with the African community to promote education and awareness about preventable health conditions and to connect people to medical services.
2) To promote health awareness, conduct medical screenings, and to connect communities to health services in Kenya.
3) To increase the skills of community health workers and educators in Kenya.
4) To research cultural and structural barriers that prevent people from accessing screenings and services.