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Partnership with WHO Europe targets NCDs in central Asia

A new partnership with WHO/ Europe will improve access for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in primary care in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The main beneficiaries will be people with diabetes and their families and carers, particularly those of a lower socio-economic status.

The three-year project, Improving access for prevention and control of NCDs in Primary Care in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, is supported by a 900.000 USD grant from the World Diabetes Foundation.

Storytellers generate ideas for raising diabetes awareness in India

For four weeks, more than 40 storytellers and healthcare representatives gathered online to explore ideas for creative communication products to improve diabetes awareness in India. They were selected for their qualifications and enthusiasm, taught innovation methodology, and inspired by guest speakers including Dr Anil Kapur, Chairman of the World Diabetes Foundation, Rohit Gandhi, journalist and filmmaker, and Rhea Lobo, TB activist and journalist. 

Walking in Memory of a Lost Loved One

What inspired you? WDF asked this question of our 2021 Walk organisers – and received some poignant responses. One of them was from Anthea Usher of Cape Town, South Africa. 

Anthea’s daughter, Caylee, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 12 years old. Caylee struggled with the disease and its daily challenges, Anthea recalls – the insulin injections and glucose tests, the new dietary rules, and the effects of a complex chronic disease on her schoolwork and social life.

WDF funds nine new projects in the first half of 2021

WDF’s first new partnerships of 2021 are a wide-ranging and ambitious group. Two address the urgent global issues of COVID-19 and humanitarian crises. Some, such as the project in Lesotho, mark the Foundation’s first partnership in the country  , while others, such as the Phase II project in Palestine, build on long-term relationships and learnings. 

Still other projects, in Canada and India, represent innovative new approaches to diabetes prevention and financing for diabetes care.