NGO PYXERA Global | Yntymak Community Development Program
The aim of the project: to address the needs of the local community in Atyrau and Kulsary through volunteers by increasing the social capital of the local community for sustainable economic prosperity.
‘Tengizchevroil’ LLP and NGO PYXERA GLOBAL became partners in the implementation of the community development program called “Yntymak” in March 2012. It has significantly expanded in its scope and role from the original skills-based volunteerism approach. And now Yntymak project is well recognized in Atyrau and supported by the local community.
First half of the year PYXERA Global focused on further strengthening entrepreneurial skills among youth, women-oralmans and people with special needs. The project has conducted needs assessment, business trainings and a business case competition to identify and support aspiring entrepreneurs.
In 1H 2016 120 volunteers contributed 922 hours to the TCO-supported local community activities.
During the second half of the year Yntymak Program focused on extension of English club classes and skills based volunteer visits to Children’s Adaptation Center and Youth House as well as organizing volunteer marathons to help and support low income families and people in need. The program started English club meetings at Shanyrak orphanage, Children’s Adaptation center, Youth House and additional meetings for all interested in speaking English language at project’s office. There were about 50 educational volunteer marathons.
Additionally, Yntymak Program organized volunteer activities and fundraising initiatives engaging TCO employees and family members. In second half of the year 212 volunteers donated 1,301 volunteer hours participating in volunteer activities.
Kazakhstan Association of Family Physicians (KAFP) | Empowering the Community to reduce and manage Hypertension in Atyrau Oblast
The aim of is the project: to prevent heart attacks and strokes by improving detection and management of cardio-vascular diseases at the primary care level and boosting the capacity of patients for self-care.
In 2016 KAFP engaged with healthcare workers through direct and online clinical training. Based on the existing pool of trained doctors KAFP has launched a tailor made program for a selected number of talented doctors and their nurses from Atyrau and rural areas. The doctors and nurses went through a rigorous training which included direct face-to-face training, online daily clinical case parsing of the patients assigned to the doctors, and regular monitoring of doctors’ performance.
By the end of the year the study group of 85 patients achieved the following results: 62% of the patients achieved blood pressure rates (less than 140/90); heart rate decreased (less than 70 beats per minute) in 72%; regular conversations of nurses with patients allowed to decrease body mass index in 35%; changing dietary habits and regular intake of statins decreased cholesterol in 50%.
Targeting the most motivated doctors, KAFP also ran an online consultancy for physicians for the purpose of education, evidence-based approach training, clinical discussion, consultation, support, and information dissemination. The WhatsApp group served more than 200 doctors and had daily clinical cases parsing from 9:00 to 18:00 led by the KAFP.
KAFP outreach to general public involved recruiting and training of local talents from the Atyrau Medical College who became conductors of KAFP public campaign to control blood pressure. In 2016 team of 14 volunteers together with the KAFP staff conducted blood pressure checkups and other checkups (glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides) for 4,677 persons in the Atyrau trade center, Atyrau University, and city polyclinic #7 revealing:
- high blood pressure in every fourth person;
- elevated glucose in every fourth person;
- elevated cholesterol in every second person;
- elevated triglycerides in every third person.
Also a “Healthy Heart” program was launched in Kh. Dosmukhamedov Atyrau University to screen the faculty and the staff for blood pressure and blood tests, to identify complicated cases, and arrange the in house hypertension school for patients. 35 members of faculty and staff have attended the school and achieved stable results in controlling their blood pressure.
All these and other activities were covered by a local press and in social media. As of now, there are 6,552 followers on KAFP page, and 3,108 followers on Healthy Heart Kazakhstan page with post outreach of more than ~ 500,000 people.