The diabetes epidemic in China continues to grow at an alarming rate and it has been estimated that around one third of the world’s population with diabetes now lives in China.
Primary prevention and improved management of diabetes have been identified as key factors to curb the ongoing trend. By building relevant capacity of health care providers at the primary care level and strengthening patient education, this project seeks to operationalise national diabetes guidelines and thereby ensuring optimal diabetes management.
The objective is to improve and strengthen prevention and management of diabetes in the primary health care setting through training health care providers using an innovative online training approach.
The project constitutes a second phase to project WDF12-688 and is implemented by the Chinese Centre for Health Education. The project will build on lessons learned from the first phase to further strengthen the capacity of health care providers at the primary level in six provinces (Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shanxi, Henan, Qinghai and Yunnan).
Through the project a standardised web-based training curriculum will be developed to improve the capacities of primary health care providers within patient education and diabetes management. The training component has both a theoretical part and a practical part to ensure that the trainees acquire the necessary skills. Both parts need to be successfully completed before the trainee will provide diabetes care to patients. The trainees will receive continuous support during the course and will undergo a final examination.
Furthermore, a peer educator system will be established to train diabetes educators who will support the work of the primary health care providers. The peer educator system is based on the Training of Trainers (ToT) system, where peer educator trainers will be identified and trained to further train peer educators.
A strong emphasis is also put on a large-scale awareness and sensitisation campaign to raise awareness of diabetes in the general population. The project will use multimedia to promote healthy messages to the public.
The project will continuously be monitored and a final evaluation will be conducted to assess the impact of the improved diabetes management.
- Training curriculums developed for primary health care providers and peer educators
- 2,400 primary health care providers trained in diabetes education and management
- 300 peer educator trainers (ToT) trained in primary prevention and health education
- 3000 peer educators trained to support provision of prevention and care at primary level
- 60,000 patients received treatment by trained health workers
- An estimated 1.53 million people sensitised through media campaign.