BE HEALTH's HISTORY

BE Health stands on the shoulders of its previous activities from 2013 to 2020

From 2013 until the end of 2020 and in partnership with 23 Kempinski hotels, local healthcare partners and the World Health Organization, BE HEALTH BUILT BRIDGES BETWEEN THE WORKPLACE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES WITH THE AIM OF EMPOWERING HIGH-RISK POPULATIONS TO ADDRESS THEIR OWN MAJOR KILLERS SUCH AS TUBERCULOSIS (TB), HIV/AIDS and MALARIA. The approach focused on training newly formed peer health educators capable of transferring knowledge to their local community. BE Health managed to create a solid network of peer health educators (selected among skilled employees) and community health volunteers (selected among slum dwellers) operating in the metropolitan areas of Bangkok and Djibouti.

BE Health's peer health educators and community health volunteers were trained to conduct PREVENTION SESSIONS among their colleagues and in their community, focused on the avoidance of risk factors for TB, HIV and malaria. They also carried out COMMUNITY VISITS TO ACCOMPANY TB PATIENTS throughout long treatments until recovery to stop transmission in the community. They empowered individuals living with HIV and helped to ALLEVIATE STIGMA through education and by informing others about TB, which is a well-known major killer among people living with HIV.

In 2017, BE Health decided to ensure adequate support for impoverished TB and MDR-TB patients by delivering financial,food and psychosocial support to improve their treatment outcomes. On average, A TB patient received eight months social protection, while the support was extended between 12 and 24 months for Multi-Drug Resistant TB patients, depending on their needs.

  1. The first objective was to ENHANCE and BUILD CAPACITY TO SPREAD HEALTH from the workplace to the local community. BE Health established a sustainable network of peer health educators and community health volunteers. In 2020, BE Health was happy to collaborate with 52 peer health educators and community health volunteers.
  2. Empowering people in the workplace and local community to prevent infectious diseases was BE Health's second objective. Both teams in Bangkok and Djibouti organised more than 1,200 workplace and local community prevention meetings as well as raising-awareness campaigns and reached more than 26,000 people directly.
  3. Hand in hand with local healthcare partners, BE Health addressed and empowered TB patients and patients living with HIV. More than 5,400 people were screened for TB during numerous "Active TB case finding" campaigns; 143 TB patients received psychosocial support until their recovery, and 48 TB patients received financial support (daily food, house rent, and transport to the healthcare centre) throughout their medical treatment.

Although BE Health was forced to stop its activities at the end of 2020, HOTEL VIER JAHRESZEITEN KEMPINSKI, SIAM KEMPINSKI HOTEL BANGKOK and SINDHORN KEMPINSKI HOTEL BANGKOK decided to resume BE Health's activities by financing and organising Social Protection for TB patients in Bangkok's biggest slum, Khlong Toei.