What we dommm is concerned with the full range of preventive health care, including the following five levels:

1. PRIMORDIAL PREVENTION – to inhibit the emergence of risk factors in populations in which they have not yet appeared. The risk factors are in the form of environmental, economic, social, and behavioural conditions and cultural patterns of living etc.

2. PRIMARY PREVENTION – to inhibit the onset of disease, which removes the possibility that the disease will ever occur.

Primary prevention is subdivided into two:

i. Health promotion – enabling people to increase control over the determinants of health and thereby improve their health. This is the concept of “positive health.” The prototype of Health Promotion is ‘Health Education’ aimed at encouraging ‘Lifestyle Modification’.

ii. Specific protection – activities which protect people from specific threats to health, such as certain diseases or accidents. The prototype of specific protection is vaccination.

3. SECONDARY PREVENTION attempts to arrest the disease process in its early stage (that is, while it is asymptomatic and before it causes any irreversible changes or damage)

Secondary prevention is subdivided into
i. Early diagnosis, for example through screening which could either be mass screening or screening of high-risk individuals

ii. Early treatment

4. TERTIARY PREVENTION is subdivided into two (Disability limitation and Rehabilitation)

i. Disability limitation which is further classified into two:
a. Prevention of complications
b. Prevention or postponement of death

ii. Rehabilitation which is of four different types:
a. Medical rehabilitation – restoration of function
b. Vocational rehabilitation – restoration of the capacity to work

c. Social rehabilitation – restoration of social relationships
d. Psychological rehabilitation – restoration of personal dignity and confidence.

5. QUATERNARY PREVENTION is the set of health activities to mitigate or avoid the consequences of unnecessary, excessive or otherwise ill-advised intervention of the health system. It includes the prevention of Overdiagnosis, Overtreatment, Cascade effect, Disease mongering and Iatrogenesis.

There are two principal means of Quaternary prevention, viz:

i. Narrative based Medicine – to listen better to our patients and to adapt the medically possible to the individual needs and wants.

ii. Evidence-based medicine – debriefing, quality assurance, and improvement processes which complete the cycle of prevention by collecting information about the processes, multi-disciplinary analysis of the data, deriving conclusions, and distributing them to all the involved bodies.















A.        Mission PinkCruise: Free community-based preventive cancer care using the Mobile Cancer Centre (MCC) aka the PinkCruise. For more details on the PinkCruise, visit www.pinkcruise.org.
B.        Mission PinkVISSION: The eye aspect aspect of the free community outreach using Mobile Ophthalmic unit aka the PinkVISSION. For more details on the PinkVISSION, visit www.pinkvission.org.
C.        Mission PinkDentist: The dental aspect of the free community outreach using Mobile Dental unit aka the PinkDentist. For more details on the PinkDentist, visit www.dentaloral.org.
The FREE Outreach is targeted primarily at the poor/underprivileged masses.

Groups and Communities can invite the PinkCruise to carry out these interventions at their doorsteps for FREE, by sending an email to info@pinkcruise.org so they could be included in the year round schedule of free outreaches.


These include but not limited to:
Wellness Wednesday: Free screening at the Lagos centre every Wednesday
Family Friday: Free screening at the Lagos centre every Wednesday
Premarital Health Promotion Programme: Free screening for intending couples every Wednesday
Those who need more detailed medical consultation or further follow-up and treatment are required to go to the mass medical mission House (31 Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, Lagos) or any other well-equipped health institution of their choice.