A health fair organized by Bethel Hamliri was held in August 12, 2018 at Crotona park in New York.
“We believe that a health fair is one of the best way to bring awareness and health resources to our communities,” said Frank Edgar Kabore founder and CEO of Bethel Hamliri.Inc.
Through that health fair, community groups had had a chance to have access to free services such as blood pressure testing, blood glucose testing, resources for healthy lifestyle and weigh loss…
“Bronx is under the threshold of illness,” said Pojanee Fleury (PJ) a participant who advised people to “pay attention to their health.”
Mory Kouyate the chairman of African Advisory Council (AAC) said the health fair is a good initiative. “We must prevent illness before we get sick,” he said.
Eating well is part of our healthiness. “We are not big on vegetables,” said Salimata Seck a participant who recommended for our healthiness, to eat more vegetable, to practice sports and do more exercise.
The second edition of Bethel Hamliri’s health fair got the partnership of hospitals like Saint Barnabas Hospital, Montefiore Hospital, Morris High Health Center, Combined Insurance, New York life insurance, New York Health Department, The American Red cross, Zelia Style, and Bethel Emergency Services and Training.
We have interviewed Frank Kabore who is talking not only about Bethel Hamliri, Inc, but also giving advices regarding our healthiness.
Can you introduce yourselves to our readers?
Frank Edgar Kabore (FEK): My name is Franck Edgar Kabore, I am a native of Burkina Faso. In everyday life, I am nurse, a surgical Technologist, a CDC lifestyle coach, CPR& First Aid instructor and a Fire Safety instructor with more than 15 years’ experience in the healthcare field in the US. I am the founder and CEO of “Bethel Hamliri, Inc” a US based not for profit organization, and the founder and CEO of “Bethel Emergency Services and Training, LLC” a limited Liability Training Center in the Bronx. Finally, I serve as a senior nurse consultant for Go Africa Network, Inc. And I was also appointed for a second term as co-chair of the Health and Wellness Task Force for the African Advisory Council (AAC) under the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz.
Your organization is called Bethel Hamliri. What that stands for? And tell us about that.
FEK: Bethel Hamliri Inc exists since 2015 and is a charity 501c New York based not for profit we were also recognized as social organization by the government of Burkina Faso in 2016. Bethel Hamliri, Inc. (BH) works to improve people’s health, social well-being and economical status. Every day, we feed, teach and support individuals and families in the Bronx, New York and abroad in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
You usually training people. What kind of training you focus on and who can get that training?
FEK: Under the scope of my Training center, Bethel Emergency Services and Training, L.L.C I give first aid and safety training to nurses, medical professionals, restaurant workers, childcare professionals, construction workers, and various companies staffs. The Training Center is certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) and The American Red Cross and is located on 598 Grand Concourse and have 2 staff beside myself on duty Every day from 9am to 2Pm. These are the training we offer: CPR/FIRST AID/BLS training, Hazcom training, OSHA Training, BloodBorn Pathogene training, N95 Fit Mask, ECG& Pharmacology, 6 hours safety driving courses.
You have organized health fair. Why a health fair and what is its importance in our community?
FEK: The not for profit Bethel Hamliri, Inc. aims to empower the African community through education, leadership training, and access to health care. To achieve that third goal “access to Health care” that myself, Bethel Hamliri, Inc. board members, and the staff have decided to organize the 2nd annual health fair. We believe that a health fair is one of the best way to bring awareness and health resources to our communities. Also, we wanted the health fair to be an educational event design to provide basic preventive medical screening such as diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and healthy eating tips to the African communities. We were blessed to get the partnership of hospitals like Saint Barnabas Hospital, Montefiore Hospital, Morris High Health Center, Combined Insurance, New York life insurance, New York Health Department, The American Red cross, Zelia Style, and Bethel Emergency Services and Training.
You are a nurse. What type of disease (s) African’s communities are facing in the U. S in general and particularly in New York?
FEK: From my 15 years’ experience and from various statistics the Africans communities in the U.S in general and particularly in New York are more prone to chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes. This is since many of us live a sedentary lifestyle. We work long hours and do not have time to eat properly and exercise. It is also due to undiagnosed family history. Finally, we find in our community many cases of diagnosed HBV.
How can we prevent these diseases in our community?
FEK: At Bethel Hamliri, Inc. we say that prevention is the best medicine. Therefore, we focused mostly our effort on educating people how to avoid these diseases. 1 in 3 Africans have prediabetes. With prediabetes, blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk for type 2 diabetes (the most common type of diabetes), heart disease, and stroke. Prediabetes can be avoided just by changing one’s diet, exercising at least 3 times a week. Bethel Hamliri, Inc. provides a CDC approved program called Prevent Type 2 Diabetes that people can enroll into. Hypertension can be avoided by reducing salt consumption, choosing a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight by exercising, and stop smoking. Hepatitis or HBV can be easily prevented through screening with a simple blood test and vaccination.
As a nurse, what advice would you give to those who have been diagnosed with these diseases?
FEK: For people who have been diagnosed, my advice is to follow strictly their Doctor prescribed orders. Skipping or refusing to take the hypertension or diabetes medication will only worsen the disease. Have a book where they will document their blood Pressure or sugar level every day.
Do you have something else to say?
FEK: I would like to thank The African Journal for this opportunity to talk about our work. I thank Bethel Hamliri, Inc board members, staff and volunteers, all the readers of the journal. We are here for and because of you, contact us for any questions suggestions and advise.