Why Africa needs the Global DOC

It is with a heavy heart that I share the tragic story of a promising young boy with type 1 diabetes.

I met Durojaiye Bola through the Pediatric Endocrinologist of The Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) a year ago. This meeting coincided with our peer support program for children living with diabetes at the same institution where we met online with Jack Terschluse of Penpals United.

Although Durojaiye was diagnosed with Type1 diabetes his family was without the means to support the expense of his treatment and medication. He was on our list for support, next in line to Omolade who, thanks to T1International through its diabetes warrior initiative underwent a vocational training to help her pay for her insulin needs and later a partner NGO called Priceless Jewel, now supports with her insulin and university education from a kind philanthropist.

If only we had been able to support Durojaiye sooner. Last Friday I followed a friend to the ER of the teaching hospital and found him with burn scars on all of his limbs.

Apparently Durojaiye had fallen into an hypoglycemic coma at a religious center. In a bid to bring him back to life, his digits were burnt badly in fire by the religious members. This shock reminded me of the huge importance of educating religious leaders on diabetes. The NGdoc submitted a project proposal 2 years ago to a foundation for support of such an education initiative but unfortunately we never got the funding.

Right now Durojaiye has been referred to a plastic surgeon in a bigger hospital with the possibility of amputation. With tears on their eyes his parents told me categorically that they cannot afford it. They said that sending him to another hosptial will be like a death sentence.

A team was constituted by NGdoc with initial finances being given by the association. The team also has support from T1international.

The aim of the team is to ensure:

1) Optimal care for Durojaiye, including psychotherapy and rehabilitation

2) Financial support to cater for a substantial part of his bills

3) A strategy to prevent such occurrences from happening again

4) An advocacy plan to ensure liable children with diabetes have access to insulin and other essential consumables.

The team is comprised of:

Adejumo Olamide – NGdoc/Access Alliance

Elizabeth Rowley – T1International/Access Alliance

Odewale Ibironke – NGdoc

Dr Adekoya Adesola – Pediatric Endocrinologist/NGdoc Social peer support for CWD in OOUTH coordinator

Dr Ajose Femi – Surgery

Dr Safiriyu Isreal – Medicine (Endocrinology)

Adesanya Adebukonla – Medical Student

This is a clarion call to the Global DOC. There must be more focus on Africa. How many young boys and girls in Africa must go through the same traumatic experience before our community takes action?

We need to address poverty, lack of access and lack of diabtetes education. We must support community based organizations centered around caring for people with diabetes, encourage social peer support and help make the lives of children living with diabetes a meaningful one.

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