How wellness start-up strives to assist folks take management of their lives

Peace Iraguha has an concept to get folks from ‘I think I’m wholesome’ to ‘I know I’m wholesome’. In her view, there’s an alarming rise in life-style illnesses which is why folks have to take management of their lives.

She just isn’t flawed. Recent knowledge exhibits that non-communicable illnesses (NCDs), additionally known as life-style illnesses, are on the rise in Rwanda attributable to elevated threat components like tobacco use, bodily inactivity, extreme consumption of alcohol and unhealthy diets.

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), main NCDs like cardiovascular (coronary heart) illnesses, most cancers, diabetes, and others, are collectively answerable for nearly 70 per cent of all deaths worldwide. 

 

 

Co-founders of Lifesten Health; Victor Ambuyo (left), Peace Iraguha and Stephen Ogweno.

WHO’s 2016 estimates additionally present that they account for 58 per cent of complete annual mortality in Rwanda. In sub-Saharan Africa, three out of 5 deaths are attributable to non-communicable illnesses with hospital admissions at 55 per cent. 

Lifesten Health, a consumer-focused digital well being agency, is Iraguha’s response to this. It is meant to work with well being plans, care suppliers, and health centres to interact purchasers and scale back their likelihood of creating life-style illnesses.

The 24-year-old has a background in human vitamin and dietetics research and he or she is at the moment pursuing a grasp’s in world well being supply. For her, this hits even nearer to dwelling. She recounts that her aunt developed a sudden limp earlier than Christmas and bought herself a strolling stick as a Christmas reward. 

lifesten health app

The Lifesten Health app. 

Just a few days later she was recognized with sort 2 diabetes which had began affecting her extremities, therefore, the mysterious limp, she says. Iraguha’s aunt would name her frequently with questions like ‘can I take honey or bananas with my condition? Is wine allowed? When should I go back to the hospital? What should I eat more? Is my weight too much?’ and et cetera.

One of her buddies and co-founder of the corporate, additionally struggled with childhood weight problems which pushed them to convey to life their younger start-up in September 2021. She shares the concept with Ambuyo Victor and Stephen Ogweno, each from Kenya.

“The health system is designed for communicable diseases, and with urbanisation/sedentary lifestyle, it needs to evolve towards management of non-communicable diseases,” Iraguha notes.

“More work is needed in this sector, and I continuously want to equip myself with skills to contribute to solving this issue. My vision is to have informed communities in Africa even in the most remote areas of the continent because I believe that is the first step to having control over your health,” she says.

How it really works

“At Lifesten Health we are tackling this through an all-in-one mobile platform that not only educates you on how to practice healthy living but also rewards you for it,” she says. 

As customers interact in numerous challenges from mindfulness practices, vitamin, and health challenges, in addition they accumulate factors that may be redeemed as reductions or subscriptions to Lifesten companions. 

Basically, Lifesten conducts consciousness on and administration of NCDs, offers tips on managing one’s life-style/behaviours and provides them rewards for being wholesome. 

“Companies pay a monthly subscription for their employees to access our services. On an individual level, premium customers pay an annual subscription fee to get access to our premium features which range from personalised meal plans to workout practices and regular follow up from healthcare providers,” Iraguha says.

Asked why she selected this manner specifically, she says, “As a well being practitioner and entrepreneur, I recognise that management and entrepreneurship are core elements of enhancing livelihoods by means of environment friendly service supply and innovation in well being care supply.

“This is why I am using both my entrepreneurship and health science skills to address health equity and drive change to the system,” she provides.

Iraguha’s Lifesten Health is likely one of the start-ups owned by younger folks that had been showcased to CHOGM delegates who attended the primary day of the Commonwealth Business Forum on June 21. 

She can be a part of the over 200 younger entrepreneurs at the moment being empowered on the Norrsken House Kigali, an entrepreneurship hub. 

“Lifesten is a combination of two words, Lifestyle and enhancing, which is what we are doing-enhancing healthier lifestyles,” Iraguha says.

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