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A word from the Executive Director

A word from the Executive Director

Health is a major asset in one’s life to enable one to carry out their dailyactivities effectively. Having a healthy community is a great advantage to the economy of a nation as it enhances the productivity of its’ human resource. However communities still face a number of factors that challenge their health status especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nowhere are global public health challenges more acute than in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. With just 13 percent of the world’s population, this region carries 24 percent of the global burden of disease. Malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) are preventable and treatable diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest. Other illnesses on the rise in developing countries are chronic diseases related to lifestyle behaviors such as Cancer, Hypertension, and Diabetes etc., which illnesses are preventable through practical steps that can improve one’s health status.
 
One of the key places to carryout comprehensive prevention health programs is at the workplaces and their immediate surrounding communities. The workplace has been identified as an established priority setting for health promotion in the 21st century because it influences "physical, mental, economic and social well-being" and "offers an ideal setting and has the infrastructure to support the promotion of health of a large audience.

With over five (5) years’ experience, HPI has observed that the benefits of a successful work site health-promotion program are not only limited to assessing employees' health needs and tailoring programs to meet those needs but has led to improved staff productivity through self-care, behavioral change and reduction in sickness related absenteeism.

It is our ardent hope that we continue to be the leading Health Promotion implementers in the workplace & their host communities, as we mitigate and raise awareness of occupational Health & safety risks/hazards in collaboration with the private and public sectors.

Dr. Judith Tukacungurwa Rukirande
MBChB, MPH