Nearly 2 million people are diagnosed with diabetes in South Africa according to IDF (prevalence of 8,27%).
Many health care providers are ill-trained in terms of providing timely diagnosis as well as proper care and management. As a result, patients experience a lack of trust in the system, leading to extremely low rates of adherence to treatment and follow up. Consequently, the majority of patients experience prolonged elevated blood sugar levels and frequent complications.
There is a need for changing the mindset of health care professionals from the acute model of patient care to a more holistic, long-term and empathetic chronic care model.
To goal of this project is to further build capacity of health care providers and empower patients to manage and prevent diabetes in four provinces of South Africa
This project builds on the successful completion of previous WDF projects ( WDF08-378, WDF11-590 and WDF14-876) which aim to improve diabetes care by changing attitudes/behaviours and skills of health professionals and patients through two teaching models. The project will be implemented through three phases.
1. phase: Is a 2-day course for HCPs, community workers and patients on diabetes prevention, care and management, including diabetes complications.
2. phase: Is a 2-day follow-up course for the same participants, which involves refresher training, analysis and additional course on patient education and counselling.
3. phase: Is educating and establishing sustainable self-supporting patient interaction groups of trained community workers and patients.
The project seeks to utilise the health workers' own health profile as a starting point for changing attitudes and behaviours towards diabetes patients. They will thus be provided with the skills to change their own health, which is a prerequisite for motivating their patients.
• 20 courses (10 Module 1 and 10 Module 2) conducted
• 510 HCPs and 90 patients trained through both Module 1 and 2
• An expected 5,600 additional HCPs trained as a result from in service triaings
• 120 patient support groups expcted to be formed
• 9,000 food gardens initiated by local communities