The Community-based Hypertension Improvement Project (ComHIP) is designed to evaluate the impact of an innovative healthcare model on hypertension control and self-management in Ghana. The goal is to improve the detection and control of hypertension, the prime risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The model maximizes opportunities for screening and diagnosis in the community, while empowering patients to take more responsibility in the management of their own health. We work with our partners to develop hypertension awareness within the community, organize the screening and diagnosis facilities, improve skills for community health workers, nurses, and midwives and support tools for self-management of hypertension.
ComHIP shifts the patient’s point of access to care from the hospital, which is often distant and crowded, to the community. Local businesses and healthcare workers based in the community are trained to screen and care for hypertensive patients. Digital health is used to support health care workers in decision-making, ensure seamless connection between screening points, community health workers and physicians at the referral sites. The digital health tool also empowers patients to manage their own progress and sends them reminders for their follow-up appointments.
Preliminary results of increased rates of blood pressure control were shared with the Eastern Regional Directorate at Ghana Health Service and lead to discussions about expanding ComHIP to other districts. Plans are underway to extend to two additional districts, under the leadership of the regional directorate.
Our partners are FHI 360, the Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, VOTO Mobile and licenced chemical sellers.