Screening and Prevention Program
Sonar Bangla Foundation (SBF) recognizes that chronic, uncontrolled hypertension (HTN) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are the leading causes of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). In order to improve the overall quality of health and decrease the prevalence of ESRD, SBF launched its pilot initiative, the Kidney Disease Prevention Program (KDPP) during Fall of 2018. KDPP is a mobile health education program that organizes physicians, nurses, and medical students to screen Bangladeshi villagers for high blood pressure and high blood glucose, and provide counseling on proactive habits to control two of the leading causes of chronic kidney disease - HTN and T2DM. The inaugural program took place over nine days in three different villages in Rajshahi district of Bangladesh - Puthia, Baghmara, and Manda. KDPP consisted of screening men and women over the age of 18 for blood pressure and random blood glucose, providing one-on-one counseling on lifestyle modifications, and showing a custom-produced Bengali-language educational video in a small group setting to those with high risk of HTN and T2DM.