Strengthening diabetes prevention and care at primary level across five counties in Liberia.
• To improve diabetes awareness among the general public and healthcare workers in five counties
• To conduct diabetes screening camps at primary level clinics
• To train healthcare workers in diabetes care and management using clinical practice guidelines and protocols developed by the project
A project steering committee consisting of representatives from Diabetes and Endocrine Society of Liberia (DESoL), Ministry of Health and Liberia Medical and Dental Counsel will be established. The committee will develop the first MoH endorsed diabetes guidelines and clinical protocols for Liberia as well as IEC materials for awareness raising and patient education.
The project partner will sensitise and mobilise the target communities by holding meetings with community leaders, conducting health talks at schools and places of worship, broadcasting radio and TV programmes and disseminating IEC materials. All the community sensitisation and awareness activities will be organised in collaboration with local health authorities.
Through the project healthcare providers, incl. doctors, physician assistants and nurses working at hospitals and clinics in target areas will be trained. The healthcare providers will be trained in diabetes diagnostics and care based on the newly developed guidelines and protocol.
Subsequently, diabetes screening and care will be rolled out in the targeted areas. Screening camps will be held at the main health facility of each target community by the trained staff and DESoL. Diabetes screening kits will be provided to the health facilities and diabetes clinics will be established within the existing primary health care level clinics. A referral mechanism will be set up and people diagnosed during camps will be referred for follow-up and care at the established diabetes clinics. The trained doctors, nurses and physician assistants will form diabetes teams and will be responsible for providing care, patient education and follow-up of diagnosed cases. A diabetes registry will also be established.
• 25 clinics and 19 hospitals strengthened with diabetes care
• 111 doctors, 190 nurses and 185 physician assistants trained
• Diabetes registers installed and basic diabetes kits provided at primary level
• 7,500 people screened for diabetes at 25 camps
• Diabetes prevalence data collected for the first time ever in the country
• People with diabetes registered and referred for follow-up
• Approx. 20,000 community members reached with awareness activities
• Diabetes registries established