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Promote early prevention and better management of diabetes complications, WDF18-1589

WDF18-1589
To implement a comprehensive diabetes and diabetes retinopathy care project in six regions of Georgia, under the framework of the WDF and LCIF Memorandum of Understanding.

Objectives

 

  • Develop a National Diabetes Registry in Georgia
  • Provide practical assistance to patients with diabetic retinopathy living in six regions of Georgia to reduce the number of patients with partial and full vision loss through prevention, early detection, qualified treatment and awareness raising.
  • Train ophthalmologists, endocrinologists and GPs in modern approaches to diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.
  • Strengthen organisational capacity of diabetes patient organisations/patient support groups in targeted areas to achieve their long-term sustainability (improve their technical, advocacy, fundraising skills, and organisational resources).
  • Conduct 30 advocacy & media campaigns aimed at early prevention and better management of diabetic complications as well as raising public awareness on these issues.

 

Approach

 

  • Prepare project by
  1. Gathering information and sensitise stakeholders on the National Diabetes Registry
  2. Collaborating with AECP on preparation of DR training materials
  3. Developing IEC materials
  4. Conducting advocacy and mobilisation of stakeholders at all levels.
  • Develop and roll-out a diabetes registry based on international / regional best practice in collaboration with the NCDC and integrated into the existing HMIS.
  • Improve access to care for patients with DR in six regions of Georgia (regular screening, referral and patient education) through:
  1. Capacity building of HCPs (ophthalmologists and endocrinologists as ToTs, PHC doctors and nurses in basic diabetes care and with special focus on DR),
  2. Establishing two DR hubs and regional diabetic eye clinics that are integrated into medical facilities already providing diabetes basic care and diabetes foot care (through WDF14-923). Providing DR equipment (smartphone-based devices)
  3. Deploying a fully equipped mobile eye care unit to serve vulnerable population in remote areas (eye screening; referral for treatment if required)
  4. Annual screening / awareness raising events in targeted regions
  5. Strengthen diabetes patients’ groups in self-management and outreach activities for most vulnerable groups.
  • Conduct media campaigns for public awareness and advocacy meetings for increased political attention. 
  • Conduct routine monitoring; use data collected for operational research and a mid-term and final evaluation by external team.

 

Expected results

 

  • National Diabetes Registry developed and functional.
  • Two Centres for Diagnosis and Treatment of DR established as hubs and 10 diabetes eye rooms established in 6 regions; clinics functioning as one stop care centres (basic diabetes care, foot care, DR screening); treatment or referral as required.
  • 15 specialists (ophthalmologists and endocrinologists) trained as ToT; 300 HCPs (doctors and nurses) at primary level trained in diabetes care with special focus on DR.
  • 50 patient groups (incl. 1,500 patients/relatives) strengthened about self-management of diabetes, advocacy, fundraising and outreach to vulnerable groups.
  • At least 9,000 patients screened for eye problems; among them 3,000 reached by mobile eye unit; diagnosed cases provided with care at established clinics or referred.
  • 4,500 persons screened for diabetes in target regions; 30,000 people reached through awareness activities; 300,000 people through media.
  • 2 round table and 2 international meetings for key stakeholders to sensitise and mobilise commitment, share results and ensure sustainability. 

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF18-1589
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
Europe
Country: 
Georgia
Partners: 
Lions Eye Diabetes Clinic Georgia
Welfare Foundation
Project responsible: 
Simon Gabritchidze
Project period: 
2019 to 2022
Project budget: 
EUR 408,595
WDF contribution: 
EUR 189,588

Expected results

 

  • National Diabetes Registry developed and functional.
  • Two Centres for Diagnosis and Treatment of DR established as hubs and 10 diabetes eye rooms established in 6 regions; clinics functioning as one stop care centres (basic diabetes care, foot care, DR screening); treatment or referral as required.
  • 15 specialists (ophthalmologists and endocrinologists) trained as ToT; 300 HCPs (doctors and nurses) at primary level trained in diabetes care with special focus on DR.
  • 50 patient groups (incl. 1,500 patients/relatives) strengthened about self-management of diabetes, advocacy, fundraising and outreach to vulnerable groups.
  • At least 9,000 patients screened for eye problems; among them 3,000 reached by mobile eye unit; diagnosed cases provided with care at established clinics or referred.

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