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Mobile unit against diabetes, WDF14-900

WDF14-900
In the most densely populated low-income urban areas of Guatemala, a mobile system will help raise awareness of and screen for diabetes among a growing population of people with diabetes and their families.

In Guatemala, diabetes rates are increasing faster than those of any other disease,  reflecting trends seen in Latin America and across the rest of the world.

Guatemala has no national programme against diabetes, and there is no law for the protection and care of those with diabetes. Little has been done to prevent, educate and effectively treat diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes which affects a very sensitive population: children.

Despite having 11 care centres throughout the country, the Patronato del Diabético de Guatemala only manages to care for some 25% of those with diabetes.

Poor access for the indigenous population to quality health services is the result of various factors. In the interior of the country, huge distances on dirt roads can make it extremely difficult to reach existing diabetes care centres.

 

Objectives


To establish a mobile system within the national health system framework to prevent, screen for and raise awareness about type 1 and type 2 diabetes in the most densely populated, low-income, urban areas of Guatemala.

 

Approach

The project will intervene in public schools and community health centres to prevent and raise awareness about diabetes and screen at risk people.

A mobile unit will be outfitted with basic equipment and conduct visits to public schools in order to screen students, relatives and teaching staff and arrange educational sessions and sports activities. These visits will also be used for large-scale awareness raising about diabetes.

Visits of the mobile unit to community health centres will sensitise community health workers on prevention and care of diabetes, screen patients, and arrange educational sessions for patients with diabetes including healthy living and self-management. Patients with elevated glucose levels will be referred to the nearest Patronato del Diabético centre for appropriate medical treatment.

 

Expected results

  • 88 visits to 15 public schools conducted
  • 6,000 students, relatives and teaching staff screened
  • 15 ‘Clubs Against Diabetes’ established within public schools
  • 9,000 people including students, teachers and parents reached through 150 educational talks and 30 sporting activities. 6,500 kits of educational material delivered to the 15 ‘Clubs Against Diabetes’
  • 200 visits to 5 community health centres conducted
  • 16,000 adults at community health centres screened
  • 5 ‘Clubs Against Diabetes’ established at community health centres
  • 100 Community Health Workers (CHWs) sensitised
  • 1,300 patients and their relatives reached through awareness raising and education activities
  • 6,000 kits of educational material kits delivered to the 5 ‘Clubs Against Diabetes’ established at the community health centres, in order to ensure continuity of the educational activities by the CHWs

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF14-900
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
South and Central America
Address of head office: 
Guatemala
Project responsible: 
Arq. Herbert Fernández
Project start date: 
2015 to 2018
Project budget: 
USD 459,500
WDF contribution: 
USD 175,000

Expected results

  • 88 visits to 15 public schools, 200 visits to 5 community health centres conducted
  • 6,000 students, relatives and teaching staff screened
  • 20 ‘Clubs Against Diabetes’ established within public schools and community health centres
  • 12,500 educational kits delivered

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