Fighting diabetes

Our vision is to alleviate suffering related to diabetes and its complications
among those least able to withstand the burden of the disease.

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Help train staff in type 1 diabetes at one clinic

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Help train 1 child in self-management

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Help send a child to Diabetes Summer School, and more

8.4 mil.

Patients treated

$151 mil.

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Clinics opened/strengthened

Now I’m telling everybody to use the doctor’s medicine

Juliana Lugard has probably had diabetes for decades. Still, when she received a diabetes diagnosis several years ago, the news came a shock. When traditional medicines didn’t help, she took an unusual step: “I went back to the doctor and told him to help his way, with medicine,” she says.

Today, diabetes rates in rural Suriname are rising fast – the result of rapid changes in traditional diets and lifestyles. A WDF project is strengthening diabetes care throughout the region to help meet the growing need. 

“It’s a good thing that you bring your knowledge here, to the village,” Juliana says. “Because of God and doctors I’m still alive today. Now, I’m telling everybody to use the doctor’s medicine, because it is good.”

Diabetes care in southern Suriname is being strengthened by Combatting diabetes in rural Suriname, WDF16-1382