Projects

Combatting diabetes in rural Suriname, WDF16-1382

WDF16-1382
Promoting access to diabetes and foot care and prevention among indigenous people and vulnerable groups in remote areas of Suriname.
Objectives
To establish two culturally-sensitive satellite clinics responsible for provision of diabetes and foot care in the two target districts
To train local health care providers in diabetes and foot care 
To raise awareness of diabetes and foot complications among patients and the general population
 
Approach
The project will be initiated with a preparation phase where the local leaders and community elders will be approached to ensure ownership and promote participation. The preparation phase will also be used to develop extensive training programmes for health care providers and culturally adapted information, education and communication materials.
 
Two training programmes will be rolled out for health care providers working at primary clinics in the target districts. The training programmes will cover both diabetes and foot care and have a strong focus on both theory and practice. After the training the health care providers will be able to provide both diabetes and foot care at the local level.
 
Satellite clinics will be established and equipped with basic diabetes and foot care equipment and equipment for insole production. Electronic patient records will also be introduced. The clinics will hereafter provide improved diabetes and foot care and will receive regular support and supervision from the partner.
 
Outreach camps will be rolled out to provide screening, training and care. Severe cases identified as part of the daily routine at the satellite clinics will be referred to the outreach camps for specialised care. Patient education on diabetes foot self-management skills will be provided. After the camps the follow-up of the patients will be maintained at the satellite clinics.
 
Awareness raising of general population will be done through educational sessions, distribution of materials at local events (traditional ceremonies etc.) and involvement of local community organisations.
 
Expected results
Two clinics established
40 HCPs trained through extensive diabetes programme 
At least 16 outreach camps conducted
At least 1,600 patients screened for foot problems
An estimated 400 patients diagnosed with diabetes related foot problems and provided care
At least 200 patients trained in diabetes foot self-care and followed-up. 
At least 3,200 sensitised during awareness activities.
An estimated 15,000 people sensitised through media campaign.

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF16-1382
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
North America and Caribbean
Country: 
Suriname
Partners: 
One Stop Shop for Chronic Diseases (OSS)
Project responsible: 
Mr. Dennis Caffe
Project period: 
2018 to 2021
Project budget: 
EUR 291,211
WDF contribution: 
EUR 188,242
Expected results
  • Two clinics established
  • 40 HCPs trained through extensive diabetes programme
  • At least 16 outreach camps conducted
  • At least 1,600 patients screened for foot problems
  • An estimated 400 patients diagnosed with diabetes related foot problems and provided care
  • + more