The mission of Labakcare is to improve the health of underserved communities by providing no cost preventive health care services. Most of the local health fairs take place in the Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Delaware areas. Our international activities take place in Nigeria and Haiti.
Educating While Serving
The efforts of Labakcare have increased the knowledge of screened participants in understanding their diagnosed health issues. Participants are taught to recognize signs and symptoms of their health problems as well as what to look for if their conditions deteriorate.
Participants are also educated on the importance of diet modification, exercise, and medication compliance as a means to reduce the threat of a health crisis which often results in a costly ER visit.
Over 600 local and nearly 200 international volunteers have helped to make health fairs and international missions a success through the years. Collectively, LabakCare has helped thousands of patients.
What we have achieved from 2006-2017 at a glance:
The pressing issue in the 3rd world countries is high blood pressure. Almost all patients are screened for hypertension and diabetes. Each trip we gave prenatal care and prenatal vitamins to pregnant women. We also gave vitamins to the children.
In depth statistics for 2012
In depth statistics for 2013
number of people who were seen
about 400 pairs of reading glasses were given out
95% of patients were screened for hypertension
65% of those screened were diagnosed
45% of patients were screened for diabetes
over 200 women received prenatal vitamins
over 300 vaginal exams were peformed
about 350 rapid HIV tests were conducted
over 150 reading glasses were given out
over 300 children were treated for malaria & deworming
In December 2012, my life changed. I accompanied the LabakCare team on a medical mission to serve the people of Nigeria, only to find the experience mutually benefiting. As one of the many registered nurses on the team, caring for this population confirmed that an advanced practice degree is most likely in my future. Also as a believer whose faith motivate most, if not all of what I do, I gained a new passion to eventually serve elsewhere in the developing world full-time. I learned the invaluable lesson of how beautiful a life simplified from excessive material possessions can be.
-Abena Bempah, BSN