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In Turkey, peer education leads to lower weight and blood sugar

Training, WDF11-626
Participants in a 2012 peer training session in Erzurum, Turkey.
In 2011, the Turkish Diabetes Association proposed an ambitious response to Turkey’s fast-rising diabetes rates. They would create a network of peer educators who would then hold meetings for people with diabetes, helping them to understand the disease and provide better care for themselves. 

WDF supports 26 new projects in first half of 2017

Itzapalapa district, Mexico City
Health care provider working in a WDF-funded diistrict level diabetes programme in Itzapalapa district, Mexico City

Below is a list of the new partnership projects that received WDF funding in the first six months of 2017. (Several advocacy projects also received funding in the first half of the year; these are not listed.)  

Links to project descriptions will be added as they become available.

New projects signed in first half of 2017

International conference explores how to improve diabetes prevention and care for refugees

DEAD SEA, JORDAN - In a conference organised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), experts in healthcare services delivery for refugees from different sectors are gathered at the Dead Sea in Jordan this week. They will address an urgent issue - how to improve the quality of healthcare services delivered to refugee populations with diabetes - and will discuss the best prevention and treatment practices used internationally.

In India, a floating clinic brings needed care

Life is difficult in West Bengal’s Sunderban area. Most residents are poor, and their work - fishing and honey hunting – are dangerous. Fishermen face storms and accidents, while many honey hunters die in tiger attacks, a common event in Sunderban’s mangrove forests.
“This area is predominantly inhabited by the people belonging to marginalised communities, and it reels from inaccessibility, illiteracy, poverty, unemployment and economic stagnation,” says Archana Mandal from the Jujersa Women and Child Welfare Organization.