To enhance access to prevention and treatment for diabetic foot amongst patients across seven target provinces.
To enhance awareness and knowledge of prevention and treatment of diabetic foot and improve policy environment to support better access to health services and NCD care for patients.
To strengthen primary healthcare services and improve health professionals’ capacity to provide appropriate and quality care to patients with diabetes complications, including diabetic foot.
The project will improve access to diabetes care and specifically diabetes foot care through development of new training guidelines and clinical protocols for healthcare professionals for treatment of diabetic foot and further capacity building of HCPs. Secondly, it will improve access to diabetes care through the establishment of specialised diabetic foot clinics which will be provided with equipment and staffed with multidisciplinary teams including surgeons, orthopaedists, endocrinologists and nurses trained in diabetic foot care.
Extensive community awareness campaigns will be rolled out and the project will establish diabetes outreach groups at community level and provide capacity building of the diabetes patients’ self-help groups with regard to prevention, detection and self-care of diabetic foot. Links will be made between the outreach groups and the primary health care facilities.
National and local authorities will be sensitised on diabetes and foot complications deriving from diabetes in order to improve the policy environment to support better access to health services and care for diabetes patients.
- 7 podiatry rooms established to which diagnostic and treatment equipment are procured and installed
- 5000 patients screened for diabetes-related foot problems and 3000 patients diagnosed with diabetes-related foot problems
- 200 doctors trained in diabetic foot care and prevention and 60 nurses or podiatrists trained in diabetic foot care and prevention
- 6000 patients trained in diabetic foot self–care and prevention
- 2220 patients seen regularly by a podiatrist (e.g. once yearly)
- 3000 patients conducting self-examination according to instruction (e.g. once weekly)
- 12 media broadcasts (TV and radio) on WDF sponsored events locally, nationally, regionally, and internationally