Projects

Diabetes in Disasters in Eastern Caribbean Island States, WDF18-1586

WDF18-1586
To address and mitigate risks due to natural disasters and subsequent disruption of healthcare for people with diabetes and other NCDs.

Objectives

To address and mitigate risks due to natural disasters and subsequent disruption of healthcare for people with diabetes and other NCDs.

 

Approach

This regional small island states programme will be coordinated by the OECS health unit and implemented by health authorities, disaster agencies and other key local/regional stakeholders at country level in six island states recently affected by natural disasters. Activities include: 

  • Establishing a project steering committee consisting of health authorities and other key local/regional stakeholders from all participating Member States; OECS will handle overall coordination
  • Assessment of health outcomes for people with diabetes/NCDs for the two years following the 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria through existing records with clinical indicators
  • Video documentation of the initial health system response and lessons learned to be used as a regional advocacy tool
  • Training of HCPs of different categories within disaster preparedness and response for vulnerable people with diabetes/NCDs through development and implementation of training and capacity building
  • Updated national and regional response plans and shelter management tools to include response to vulnerable people with diabetes/NCDs
  • Establishing patient registers (integrated with existing HMIS) with clinical indicators for improved disaster preparation and response
  • Developing and piloting of a new OECS electronic patient record in two selected island states for improvement of continuity of care for patients moving within or outside the region due to natural disasters

 

Expected results

  • Report on health outcomes and video documentation related to diabetes/NCDs in natural disasters produced for advocacy purposes
  • National and regional response plans and shelter management tools updated to include response to vulnerable people with diabetes/NCDs
  • 300 HCPs from 12 clinics/hospitals trained within disaster preparedness and response for people with diabetes/NCDs
  • 10,000 vulnerable patients with diabetes/NCDs registered
  • At least 6,000 affected diabetes patients referred to and seen at strengthened clinics for appropriate management of their condition to agreed targets and/or for disaster preparedness guidance
  • OECS web-based patient record developed for 1,000 diabetes patients
  • 270,000 people (the population of the six targeted island states recently affected by) will potentially benefit from the proposed project through disaster preparedness and improved care

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF18-1586
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
North America and Caribbean
Address of head office: 
Saint Lucia
Partners: 
Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
Ministry of Health
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
Windward Island Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF)
Project responsible: 
Dr. Carlene Radix
Project start date: 
2019 to 2021
Project budget: 
USD 519,850
WDF contribution: 
USD 374,917

Expected results

  • Report on health outcomes and video documentation related to diabetes/NCDs in natural
  • National and regional response plans and shelter management tools updated
  • 300 HCPs from 12 clinics/hospitals trained within disaster preparedness and response for people with diabetes/NCDs
  • 10,000 vulnerable patients with diabetes/NCDs registered
  • At least 6,000 affected diabetes patients referred to and seen at strengthened clinics

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