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It’s my job to cheer them on – Damaris Cabrera, Guatemala

Damaris is committed to teaching people with diabetes in rural Guatemala that they can lead a normal life. COVID-19 has complicated her work.

Damaris is a diabetes educator and research assistant who works with Mayan Guatemalans living in rural areas of the Sololá and Chimaltenango regions. Her job is important to her – she knows the positive impact that education can have on the management of a chronic condition like type 2 diabetes.

“My biggest challenge in helping patients with diabetes is making sure they understand that diabetes is a manageable condition, and that when you manage it well you can lead a normal life,” she says.

Damaris received training via the project Implementing a model for diabetes self-management within two different public health system settings in rural Guatemala, WDF17-1489.

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