INTEGRATED COMMUNITY HEALTH
Ill-health is a major source of worry and stress among older persons. Common health problems of the older persons include hypertension, dementia, stroke, diabetes, heart diseases, trachoma and blindness that often lead to complications and permanent incapacitation. Poor health reduces the capacity of older persons to generate income, curtails their productivity and compels them to depend on other people. Older persons can hardly afford the costs of travelling to the health facilities at the sub-district or in urban centres where they could access the comprehensive Uganda National Minimum Health Care Package provided by the Health Sector.
Their health problems are compounded by the lack of money for seeking appropriate medical attention or buying drugs for non-communicable diseases. The few older persons that manage to reach the public health facilities rare receive even the basic medical attention due to regular drug stock outs and there are no geriatric services for the older persons.
This increases their vulnerability to a multiple of chronic diseases. This is equally the same in other countries in Africa. ARCAD will carry out the following activities; - Health education, diagnosis and provision of treatment to terminally ill older persons and family dependants through Community and home-based outreaches; referrals and linkages.