In the preparation phase a team of local doctors and the project partner will develop leaflets, posters and a short film in local language to be used as education materials.
Teams of community health workers will be established to provide prevention and basic diabetes care at the village level. The team members will be trained in diabetes care and management through a three-day training programme led by doctors from the district hospitals.
Awareness and screening camps will be organised at village level where health talks and street drama will be used to attract and make the people aware of diabetes. People with risk factors will be screened for diabetes and those with high blood sugar will be referred to district hospitals for follow-up. A referral and follow-up system will be implemented and managed by the trained teams. A registry will be kept during the screening camps to monitor the project. The community health worker teams will do hospital visits and home visits to monitor the referral and follow-up system.
Roundtable meetings will be held with health authorities to advocate for roll out of the national diabetes/NCD programme in West Bengal. Both the media and the community will be mobilised to create awareness and momentum for policy changes.