Teammates Provide Chronic Disease Screenings with Bridge of Life in Uganda
For the second year in a row, Bridge of Life (BOL) will partner with Global Livingston Institute (GLI) this month to provide chronic disease screenings and prevention education to individuals during the iKnow Concert Series, an annual event promoting music, the arts, culture, and health for youth in Uganda.
BOL’s team of nine DaVita teammate volunteers, including two from DaVita Portugal, will embark on this mission and aim to double the number of participants screened in 2018 from approximately 1,500 to 3,000 individuals.
Teammate Dee Bradley, RN, Facility Administrator and BOL volunteer, said, “This is such a different mission…There is more prevention education than anything else out there. I’m so excited that our outreach is part of a music series. I can’t wait to see people enjoying life and also hearing traditional music.”
Uganda ranks nineteenth worldwide in deaths caused by hypertension, a condition that, if left untreated, can lead to chronic kidney disease.
BOL is an independent nonprofit organization founded by DaVita that strengthens health care globally through sustainable programs that prevent and treat chronic disease. DaVita is supportive of BOL’s missions and teammate engagement, knowing it takes a true Village to support BOL’s work.
Previous teammate volunteers are excited to serve again with BOL.
Tara Poysnick, Payor Relations Supervisor, DaVita, said, “It [BOL’s 2018 screening and primary care mission to Guatemala] was one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve ever participated in. I came back a different person. I know there’s more I can do to get involved.”
“I applied because I believe in BOL’s work,” said Maryam Ashtiani, Dietitian, DaVita. “On every medical mission [I’ve been on], I felt I was able to make a change and serve humanity. It fills my cup. I want to do something like this the rest of my life. These missions touch people on another level.”
BOL looks forward to also engaging with new teammate volunteers in Uganda.
“I’m honored to be able to represent DaVita through a Bridge of Life trip,” said Kate Stabrawa, Sr. Director, Communications, DaVita. “As a communicator, it’s a special opportunity for me to be part of direct patient care. DaVita’s commitment to supporting underserved communities helps transform health care around the world.”
Stay tuned for more details on BOL’s mission from the field in Uganda!
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