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Educate and sensitise forest communities in DR Congo, WDF15-1243

WDF15-1243
Through training of local members of the forest community in DR Congo, awareness and knowledge of diabetes risk factors, prevention and detection will be rooted in the community, where trainers offer sensitisation and peer support.

DR Congo is the third largest country in Africa (70 million inhabitants) with a lot of natural resources. Yet the country is ranked among the poorest countries in the world. Members of local forest communities are among the poorest of the poor, with a daily income of less than one dollar.

There are no existing programmes addressing diabetes prevention in the countryside. In the forest communities, knowledge about diabetes is scarce and often incorrect; diabetes is widely considered a disease of rich persons that exists only in towns.

The forest people believe very much in witchcraft, which is partly explained by the fact that there are no hospitals in the forests and often no other medical options or information sources. The lack of proper health services in the countryside causes many deaths, affecting entire families. The continued wars in DRC Congo have only made the situation worse.

Objectives

The aim of this project is to raise awareness and encourage testing for diabetes among remote forest communities in Kalehe, Kabare and Idjwi Island in DR Congo.

Approach

In the preparation phase, literate people from forest (also called Pygmy) communities are mobilised to become community sensitisers. The trained sensitizers will then be able to conduct peer-support and provide support to people living with diabetes.

These selected community members will receive a 3-day training session in awareness-raising, basic diabetes and peer support and return to their respective forest communities to begin the sensitising activities.

Within the following two years, the trained sensitisers arrange 360 community sessions to raise awareness and inform the targeted forest communities about diabetes, risk factors and prevention.
The sensitizers will be able to offer free screening at locally established testing points and advise community members to seek further treatment if indicated.

Other awareness activities include radio and tv broadcasts. All activities have a target of directly or indirectly reaching 200,000 people in the community.

Expected results

  • 15 people from forest communities trained as sensitisers
  • 360 sensitisation sessions conducted, targeting at least 80,000 community members
  • At least 120,000 persons indirectly reached by the awareness campaign/sessions
  • More than 6,000 people screened; detected cases provided with care and referral
  • 96 awareness and educational sessions broadcast over radio

Results at completion

  • 15 sensitisers from forest communities trained 
  • 1435 sensitiation sessions conducted
  • 132,020 persons reached through the sessions
  • 26,590 persons screened 
  • 384 awareness sessions and education sessions broadcast over radio, 820,000 persons reached

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF15-1243
Project Status: 
Completed
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
Africa
Address of head office: 
Congo (Kinshasa)
Partners: 
Action pour la Promotion des Droits des Minorités Autochtones en Afrique Centrale (APDMAC)
Project start date: 
2015 to 2017
Project budget: 
USD 127.292
WDF contribution: 
USD 85.888,37

Results at completion

  • 15 sensitisers from forest communities trained 
  • 1435 sensitiation sessions conducted 
  • 132,020 persons reached through the sessions
  • 26,590 persons screened 
  • 384 awareness sessions and education sessions broadcast over radio, 820,000 persons reached
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