NGDOC’S HALIMAH BECOMES LEAP AFRICA SOCIAL INNOVATORS’ FELLOW

NGDOC’S HALIMAH BECOMES LEAP AFRICA SOCIAL INNOVATORS’ FELLOW

Halimat inducted  into LEAP Africa's Social Innovators Programme  2013(1)

We are excited to have our own Halimah Odewale as one of Leap Africa’s  20 Outstanding Social Innovators and Fellows in Nigeria.

Since its inception in May 2002, LEAP Africa has successfully launched programmes for entrepreneurs and youth in twenty six cities including the FCT in collaboration with non-profit organizations and leading financial institutions.

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LEAP offers a range of training programmes for youth, business owners, social entrepreneurs, managers and public officers.

Areas of training include life and employability skills development, personal and organizational leadership, governance, business ethics, succession planning and talent management.

These programmes have enhanced the life and leadership skills of over 30,000 youth, business owners and social entrepreneurs.

LEAP is committed to equipping these critical stakeholders with the skills, tools and support that they require to serve as change agents.

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In turn, many of LEAP’s beneficiaries have initiated high-impact change projects in their companies and communities.

LEAP programmes include business and youth leadership trainings for entrepreneurs and youth across Nigeria and Africa. Youth Programmes includes:

  • Social Innovators Programme and Awards (Annual Nigeria Youth Leadership Awards)
  • Youth Leadership Programme
  • Integrity Institute
  • Employability Programme
  • Leadership, Ethics and Civics Programme
  • Leadership for Health

We are excited to be recognized by LEAP as Social Innovators to be looked out for.

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LEAP AFRICA SOCIAL INNOVATORS PROGRAM AND AWARD
LEAP AFRICA SOCIAL INNOVATORS PROGRAM AND AWARD

Halimat inducted  into LEAP Africa's Social Innovators Programme  2013.(1)

 

 

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Our Emotional Meeting with Omolade a Nigerian Child with T1DM

From Left to Right (Dr Adekoya, Omolade, Her Mom)
From Left to Right (Dr Adekoya, Omolade, Her Mom)

 

Omolade is a 13 year old Nigerian Type 1 DM.
For her having Diabetes Mellitus wasn’t something she bargained for. Meeting with her was facilitated through our collaborative partnership with the Paediatric endocrinology department of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (O.O.U.T.H), Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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 Dr. Mrs Fetuga (Consultant Peadiatric Endocrinologist and Omolade during one of her clinic sessions)

Diabetes mellitus type 1 (also known as type 1 diabetes, or T1DM; formerly insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes) is a form of diabetes mellitus that results from autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. The subsequent lack of insulin leads to increased blood and urine glucose.
The classical symptoms are frequent urination, increased thirst, increased hunger, and weight loss. (source wikipedia)

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Tears of joy flowed through her eyes as she went through our album of PWDs all over the world who identifies with her, understands how she feels and sees her as family.

Omolade is a girl filled with bitterness wondering why God had given her a disease she has to live with forever despite adequate explanation and support from her HCP.

Her hope was re-kindled knowing and practically seeing that she is not alone and she has thousands of children like her all over the world with T1DM, including adults.
This gives us an idea of a need for peer support for T1 PWDs in Nigeria where everyone can relate, interact and socialize.

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Speaking with her mom about the financial implication on the family, she explains she spends N1,400 ($9) per vial and omolade uses 6 vials in a month making a total of ($54); this excludes the cost of glucometer and consumables.
This cost for a low income family in a developing country is burdensome and we aim through our partners to make this available thereby putting a smile on Omolara’s face and that of the family.

We have been in constant touch since our meeting on the 4th of April and we have seen the joy associated with having a family united by D.

We wish to use this medium to appreciate the Peadiatric Endocrinology unit of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria for their support.

For every Nigerian T1DM Child we are committed to giving them the support they deserve.

Here’s a call to HCPs, Health Care Givers, Diabetes Advocates and PWDs to identify with T1 children towards giving them the emotional support needed to encourage and motivate them towards a proper self management of D.

Do you know any Type 1 Nigerian Child please feel free to inform us.

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THE DYNAMICS OF DIABETES CARE IN A DEVELOPING WORLD

INTRODUCTION

According to the international Diabetes Federation diabetic Atlas; Diabetes Mellitus is one of the most common non-communicable diseases (N.C.D) globally. D.M, is the fourth leading cause of death in most high-income countries and now there is substantial evidence showing that it is epidemic in many economically developing and newly industrialized countries.

Africa, a multicultural, religious and ethnically diverse continent had traditionally been dominated by infectious diseases but with rapid urbanization, NCD’s are quickly becoming a priority for health in this continent; with an estimate of about 14.7 million Adults being diabetic in 2011 and a projection of 28.0 million by year 2030.

According to I.D.F, financial estimate of Africa indicate that at least USD2.8billion was spent on health care due to diabetes alone in 2011 and this is expected to rise by 61% in 2030. It is however imperative, based on the facts above as health care givers and stakeholders to firstly understudy Africa with its peculiarities and strategize a befitting and appropriate health care system that put into consideration and accommodates the African mindset.

This health care system must understand Afric’s multicultural settings,religious inclinations and embrace its ethnic diversity.

 

FACTORS AFFECTING DIABETIC CARE AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

Africa, a developing continent is characterized by multiple factors that has plunged the continent into an era of economic and social setbacks and this has slowed down the rate of health care delivery in the continent. Factors influencing African health care delivery noteworthy include:

1)  RELIGION

Vast majority of Africans anchor their belief to A Supreme Being who is held in the highest esteem with instructions and guidance being handed over through HIS representatives to the followers. These representatives are called clergy. African religious setting is multifaceted and has been a great influence on lifestyle and philosophy.

Some believe diseases and ailments serve as a punishment for wrongdoing or an attack. The role of religion in diabetic care cannot and must not be underestimated as it plays a major role in the attitude of individuals and the community to diabetic care. In view of this, community diabetology should be encouraged with individual communities coming up with programs that put into consideration religious beliefs perculiar to such community. Diabetic education and enlightenment should also be integrated into all religious institutions.

Community Diabetes Awareness
Community Diabetes Awareness

2)   EDUCATION

According to UNESCO Africa fact sheet: 176 million Adults are unable to read to write. 47million youth (age 15-24) are illiterates. 21millions adolescents are out of school and 32 million primary aged children are not in school. The fact above reflects a continent with poor educational foundation for both the adults and the youths (future leaders).

Education is paramount to information dissemination and economic Growth International design of diabetic care and education should be revisited with the inclusion of more flexible and grass root friendly Programs. To an average uneducated African, “the absence of disease is Health” as against the W.H.O Definition of Health and this mentality coupled with cultural and religious belief system on disease affect preventive medicine in Africa. To a large extent, people don’t tend to complain until they start noticing complications; this added to the silent nature of D.M results in the highly complicated D.M found at hospitals.

3)   CULTURE

African culture is varied and diverse. With the introduction of westernization, Africa’s age long culture and traditions are being substituted for western styles. This with urbanization has to a greater extent made Diabetic Care progressive in Africa i.e. through the media, internet, community research and community screening. In light of these remarkable progress; styles, trends and culture that promotes preventive care in diabetic health care should be considered in Africa

4)   POVERTY

According to a UN report- Half of the population of Africa lives below a dollar a day. 32 of the world’s 38 heavily indebted poor countries are in Africa (World Bank). Slums are homes to about 72% of urban citizens.

These alarming facts reflects a continent where half of its population can’t boast of good feeding habits, good social status and most importantly access to quality health. Procurement of drugs and the ability to afford healthy diets are difficult by people who live below a dollar a day. Hence, diabetic care should involve Philanthropists, Non-Governmental organizations, Societies, Governments and pharmaceutical companies who through serious effort and commitment would empower the continent economically.

Also, I.D.F through its national bodies in Africa and affiliates should engage government into subsidizing drugs to make them affordable, available and extremely cheap such that majority of the African populace can have access to it and afford it. This will make life easier for those suffering extreme hardship in Africa

Finally, it is imperative I point our attention to a silent but serious issue in Africa: Medical ethics and trado medical ethics. Africa, unlike many developed continents where rules and regulations guide healthcare delivery system is faced with a challenge.

The trado medicals (groups of people that use herbs in treating medical conditions) are generally not well structured and not aligned with the medical professionals.

This has for a long time been a major issue of contention with people being deceived in the ability of a single drug to cure all ailments in existence. ‘Gbogbonise’ – A drug for all ailments as it is called, has been largely marketed and sold amongst the uneducated in the community, with even a small fragment of the educated patronising them giving false hopes of a permanent cure to D.M and this has accounted for high percentage of late presentation at the hospitals.

To forestall these activities, it is important to involve, train, and educate the tradomedicals on diabetic care and this I strongly believe, will go a long way in stopping the menace constituted by late presentations at clinics. In addition, a structure can be put in place by the African government and leaders for the tradomedicals which will spell out the ethics of their profession and limit the unprofessionalism demonstrated in the community.

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Various Tradomedical Schemes At Marketing Drugs in Nigeria

In conclusion, the peculiarity of the African continent requires calls for a more radical and strategic approach in diabetic care with health care givers, researchers, government, and NGO’s understanding the challenges posed by the factors and putting these into consideration in developing a plan in diabetic health care delivery for the continent.

REFERENCES
IDF Diabetic Atlas (5th Edition)
uis.unesco.org
achieveinafricawordpress.com
articlebase.com
africanlibraryproject.org

Adejumo Hakeem
hakeem_adejumo@yahoo.com

From the IDF africa Newsletter 2nd edition

 

WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION

World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day

 

We are excited to declare the winners of our 2013 World Diabetes Day Essay Competition

3RD PLACE – ADEDOKUN PHILIP

2ND PLACE –  Theresa Odoh

WINNER – ABDULQUADRI AKINSANYA

DUE TO THE TURNOUT OF ARTICLES FROM OUTSIDE NIGERIA THE DIRECTORS DECIDED TO CREATE AN AWARD FOR THE BEST INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTOR

BEST INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTOR –  Carrie Hetherington From New Zealand

 

WE WISH TO EXTEND OUR PROFOUND GRATITUDE TO OUR SPONSORS FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN. WE LOVE YOU

TO OUR PANELIST, WE APPRECIATE THE GREAT JOB DONE.

TO TEAM #NGDOC, FOR THE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS WELDONE

AND TO ALL PARTICIPANTS WE WANT TO SAY A HUGE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS.

 

 

 WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION

 

“DIABETES IN NIGERIA: Protecting the future”.

WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION
WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION

 

This essay was aimed at improving people’s awareness and knowledge on diabetes and its care.

NOTE

1. To qualify participants must have followed @theNGdoc

2. The essay must not be more than 500 words

3. Entries opened on November 1, 2013 and ended on November 10, 2013

4. All entries was in MS Word format and sent as an attachment to NGDOC thengdoc(at)gmail(dot)com

5. After submitting the entry, participants MUST make a tweet at @theNGdoc

 

 [e.g. I just submitted my entry for @theNGdoc World Diabetes Day essay competition #WDDEssay]

 

6. The ESSAY MUST DEPICT THE THEME

7. The essay could be in any format i.e. can be in form of a story, poem, etc.

8. The essays were tested for creativity and originality.

DIABETES IN NIGERIA: PROTECTING THE FUTURE (BEST INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTION)

DIABETES IN NIGERIA: PROTECTING THE FUTURE (Best International Contribution Award)

WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION
WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION

Nigeria is an explosively colourful and diverse country, known as the super-power of Africa. However, beneath its captivating beauty, it has the highest number of people affected by diabetes on the planet. An alarming 3 million Nigerians have diabetes, and an additional 3.85 million have impaired glucose tolerance. To place this astounding statistic into a more relative perspective, the entire country of New Zealand has a mere population of 4.4 million citizens. Nigeria has in excess of 6 million people with diabetes and these are only the diagnosed cases.

Nigeria also has the highest diabetes-related mortality rate in Africa, and an additional 344,000 annual deaths are due to undiagnosed diabetes. Why, in 2013 are so many people suffering and dying from a condition that is not longer fatal in Western countries? Global governments seem detached from the real issues of the planet. Priorities need to change. Diabetes awareness needs to be at the forefront of governmental discussions to protect the future of countries like Nigeria.

Understandably there are many other health related conditions in Nigeria. Sufferers of HIV/Aids rightly receive free diagnosis tests and gain some subsidised medication. Unfortunately the money simply isn’t available for patients facing or living with diabetes. They are often unable to gain access to syringes, insulin and monitoring equipment. Without check-ups and education they can also be unaware that they are developing physical complications. If awareness was increased around the country, and communities were encouraged to attend regular medical check-ups, more patients would be healthy and positively managing their conditions and mortality would subsequently decrease.

The introduction of unhealthy Western foods has also led to an increase in cases of type two diabetes. If educated teams could travel to communities and spread information about diet, avoiding or managing diabetes and the complications to look out for, the country would be in a much more positive position and able to conquer the current mortality statistics.

 

By the year 2030 it is estimated that developing nations will account for over 80% of the global increase of patients with diabetes. In Nigeria the expenditure simply cannot be matched. This rapid growth means that people with diabetes are likely to suffer the most; and unfortunately the healthcare sector will unjustly buckle under the financial strain. It is imperative that awareness programs are initiated now, before funding further decreases.
We need to work together as a planet. If the available money and technology could be spent on proactive education, the numbers of patients with type two diabetes could drastically decrease. This would also have a flow on effect by freeing up funding for the much needed medical supplies for insulin dependent type ones and twos. Positive change stems from awareness and community support, hopefully the future of Nigeria will be protected if positive measures are taken and education could become more far reaching. The citizens of Nigeria deserve to live, be healthy and look forward to a brighter future.

Carrie Hetherington

DIABETES IN NIGERIA: PROTECTING THE FUTURE 2ND PLACE

Diabetes in Nigeria: Protecting the Future (2nd Place)

WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION
WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Hello, it is with utmost pleasure that I write to tell you of my journey so far towards being the number one killer disease on the planet and the good news is that I’m close to achieving this dream of mine. I run in families and can be transferred through genes so you can be sure that when your dad or mum has a piece of me, you are at high risk of having me as well. I become readily available when your body does not produce enough insulin or your body cells are not responding to insulin. And even if I’m not present in your family already, you can be the first in the family to invite me.

All you simply have to do is stick to an only-carbohydrate diet with sugary soft drinks and I’ll be right there smiling and waiting for the right time to strike. For those of you who are obese and do not exercise, we are definitely allies already as you simply make my job easier.

You might make the mistake of underestimating my abilities and take me for granted but be sure that when I strike, you’ll urinate more often, get thirsty, lose weight and the slightest injury to you have will refuse to heal and worsen to the extent  that you might get an amputation.

I attack people all over the world but my favourite domain is in Nigeria because when I strike in some places here, they attribute it to witches in their villages giving me the impetus to spread my wings further.

Well, at this point I know what you are thinking. That I’m unfair right? But please don’t be quick to condemn because I’m not as unfair as those of you who know all about me and haven’t warned your friends and neighbours. This is because the truth is that I’m not as powerful as I sound.  I am almost powerless if you discover me on time by running a test on your blood or urine and then starting treatment with drugs and exercise depending on the type of me you are affected by.

With all these mentioned you can render me totally powerless and lead your normal life. On the contrary, if I’m not discovered early, I can go ahead to affect your eyes, heart, kidney, ears and give you all sorts of ailments that you will find difficult to cope with.

So the next time you act like I do not exist and do not take the necessary precautions, remember that I have a dream of being the number one killer disease and you are simply the next available target!.

Yours indeed,

DIABETES

 

An Essay Written by Theresa Odoh

DIABETES IN NIGERIA: PROTECTING THE FUTURE ESSAY WINNER

DIABETES IN NIGERIA: PROTECTING THE FUTURE

WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION
WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION

Everybody loves sweet things, especially those that are cold

Chocolates, ice-cream, the young, middle-aged, the old

There was a time ago when very few people knew what it is

Now everyone says if you take too many sugary things, you’ll get diabetes.

It’s a good thing lots of people today (especially the educated) know of its existence

But very few amongst them know of its eerie presence

4% which is about 6 million of our population is the estimated prevalence

And many more of us are ignorantly pre-diabetics

Not knowing that the risk of developing it goes beyond genetics

One might not have a single family member with this chronic disease

But with ignorance and carelessness, you could become the 1st to have it with ease

Knowing what a disease is called doesn’t necessarily mean awareness

It’s the knowledge of its risk factors, and preventive measures to reduce its incidence

Genetics (family history) as a risk factor may not be in your control

But what you eat, regular medical check-ups and how you live as a whole

Can go a long way in preventing its onset and/or complications

 

When it comes to Diet with fruits and vegetables, you can never go wrong

These also help kids grow healthy and strong

Avoid as much as possible processed foods and those with lots of calories

Yes they are sweet and tasty but will only bring you lots of worries

Have meals with salad or vegetable soups

And fill your kitchen with snacks made of easily accessible fruits

This way, the young will learn to make healthy eating a habit

And they’ll grow into healthy parents conscious of what they eat

 

The biggest controllable risk factors are Obesity and sedentary Lifestyle

Be close friends with your bathroom scales and hit the gym once in a while

Regular exercises cannot be overrated just as early morning jugs shouldn’t become outdated

Activities like walking, using the stairs, moving around—throughout the day

Aerobic exercises such as swimming, or even dancing

Lifting light weights and Flexibility exercises, like stretching should be encouraged

As these not only lower the risk of diabetes but also relieve stress and strengthens your heart, muscles and bones while improving your blood circulation

Don’t forget that diet is also a huge factor in obesity

This is another reason why you should watch what you eat

 

The hospitals are not meant for only the sick is what many have not realized

The importance of regular medical check-ups can’t be overemphasized

Make that appointment today

And at least once every year

To remember, pick a date of or around your birthday

So that you will remember when it’s near

 

Impart these ideas in Nigerian children because they have a right to know

Help them live healthily because it’s also their right to grow

 

If we can practice most of the tips I have written here then I’m very sure

That we have taken a huge step in PROTECTING THE FUTURE.

GOD BLESS NIGERIA

OUR 2013 WORLD DIABETES DAY WINNER

ABDULQUADRI AKINSANYA

DIABETES IN NIGERIA: PROTECTING THE FUTURE 3RD PLACE

DIABETES IN NIGERIA: PROTECTING THE FUTURE 3RD PLACE

WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION
WORLD DIABETES DAY ESSAY COMPETITION

“Diabetes Mellitus is defined as a metabolic disorder characterized by chronic high blood sugar level with disturbances to carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism resulting from defects in insulin secretion, action or both”1.

Diabetes is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. More than 80 percent of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries. It is predicted to be the seventh leading cause of death worldwide by 20302.

It has been estimated that four out of every hundred Nigerians have diabetes mellitus 3.

Diabetes is common among urban settlers in Nigeria, affecting those within ages of 35-70 years due to obesity, sedentary lifestyles, dietary intake, alcohol, smoking and black race. Sadly, this age group represents economically productive in the country.

 

The future of Nigeria needs to be protected; we are here today because a previous generation protected their future. Hence we must pass on this privilege. Diabetes can affect Nigeria economically, educationally, socially and psychologically

Diabetic patients are usually faced with complications like blindness, limb amputations, heart conditions and kidney disease. The cost implication for the treatment of the disease is very high and unaffordable among the low income people. The sick are less productive, dependent on relations and tax payers for survival and often experience discrimination.

The school age diabetic patients find it difficult to concentrate on their studies due to their irregularities at school. Therefore, their educational development is in jeopardy.

There is tendency that diabetes will gradually reduce the country’s population if care is not taken.

To protect our future there are three basic suggested stages.

In the primary prevention stage, we aim at increasing the level of awareness of the public on causes and effects of diabetes by educating them on needs for lifestyle modifications, exercise, diet modifications as well as signs and symptoms of diabetes. Government can also regulate products of eateries, outlaw smoking and alcohol to prevent diabetes.

Interestingly, Nigerian Diabetic online community is doing a great job by reaching to all and sundry on this aspect.

At the secondary level, the aim is to promptly diagnose diabetes and treat in pre-clinical stage hereby avoiding complications.

In addition, Government and philanthropists are to be encouraged to offer free treatment to diabetic patients in the country. Government can as well encourage self-screening tests by subsidizing prices of glucometer for that purpose.

The tertiary level involves early treatment of complications to reduce morbidity and mortality, rehabilitation of those affected and creation of support groups to encourage them

In conclusion,

‘Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to come

We have today. Let us begin’.

Mother Theresa

Our future starts from now, what we have in our hands may be worse than world war consequences if we allow it to degenerate. The Nigerian diabetic online community has shown concern to fight diabetes and save lives. Collectively, we are enjoined to unite to fight diabetes together.

 

ADEDOKUN PHILIP

2ND RUNNER UP

 

References

  1. International Journal of Diabetes in developing countries: Diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus

American diabetes association. 2004; 27:5-10

2. World Health Organization. 2012;Diabetes Mellitus control

3. International Diabetes Foundation 2011

The challenges, hopes and aspirations of Living with Diabetes……Our interview with a Nigerian PWD

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Nigeria typifies the classical example of living with Diabetes in a developing country where Diabetes is considered a social stigma and people are not eager to be termed or associated with it.

Developing countries like Nigeria have their peculiar challenges especially when such countries are still battling with communicable diseases and with increase industrialization opening doors to spread of T2DM.

We decided to take an innovative step by interviewing Mr Bolaji Lawal @BabanMoh , An investment banker with specialty in fixed income securities, capital market investment and corporate finance. He is a Type 2 Diabetic and resides in Port Harcourt (South South, Nigeria).

Mr Bolaji Lawal
Mr Bolaji Lawal

 

@theNGdoc: Brief Introduction of you sir and a summary of your journey so far as a PWD

Ans: I realized I was diabetic in December, 2010 after receiving malaria treatment and realized I was losing weight,My HCP quickly conducted a series of tests and informed me I was diabetic, he placed me on drugs

@theNGdoc: How has Living with diabetes affected your day to day activities?

Ans: Initially it was difficult but as I understood and got used to living with D,it became easier. Am hardly affected now.

@theNGdoc: How has the Nigeria health sector being able to improve your living with D?

AnsI am eternally grateful to the University of Port Harcourt teaching hospital for saving my life.

@theNGdoc: Does the Health Care play any role in managing and preventing Type 2 Diabetes in your area?

AnsDoctors in private practice need more training on management of DM,they can identify it easily but management needs improvement

@theNGdoc: What are the challenges faced by PWDs in Port Harcourt, Nigeria?

Ans: Quite a number but so many people are dying in Port Harcourt because of lack of proper management

@theNGdoc: Does the Health Care policy of Nigeria recognize the International Diabetes Charter of Rights and Responsibility of people living with PWD?

Ans: Please what is the Int’l Diabetes Charter of Rights and Responsibility about?

@theNGdoc: What ways can the Nigeria Diabetes online community, International Communities and Federal Government of Nigeria affect and help improve lives of PWDs in Nigeria in addition to activities already on ground.

Ans: Encourage a national weight loss program 2.Compel manufacturers to write the health risk on soft drinks, @DiabetiCare: @BabanMohD food and drinks industries in Nigeria should alert the masses on the health hazards linked to fizzy drinks jst like d tobacco ad does #ngdoc

@theNGdoc: We hope this interview serves as an eye opener and encourages other PWDs to speak out.Thank You all for your time Mr Bolaji Lawal

Thanks, pleasure is mine. Also like to extend my appreciation to Dr. Korubo and his team in Uniport Teaching Hosiptal

The purpose of this interview  to encourage as many PWDs to identify with the Global diabetes online communities for care and support and to also help as many national and international organizations interested in Diabetes prevention (T2DM) and care (T1DM and T2DM) in developing countries get access to information directly from PWDs.

Full transcripts of the #tweetinterview can be gotten here

We are currently working on promoting the International Diabetes Federation Charter of Rights and Responsibilities of PWD in Nigeria

A big thank you to those that joined the #tweetinterview on the 1st of April 2013 @theNGdoc

We also wish to appreciate Mr Bolaji Lawal for being a part of this event.

2013 WDD EVENTS: FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH CONDUCTED AT THE IDI IROKO COMMUNITY OGUN STATE

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The Outreach was collaboration between three Non Governmental Organisations namely: The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (The NGDOC), Heal the World Foundation Nigeria and Curb Cancer Nigeria. It was conducted at Idi Iroko, Ogun State.

Idi Iroko is a small Community in the outskirt of Ogun State, Yewa South Local Government Area. It forms a border between Nigeria and Benin Republic. Officers of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Immigration are on both sides of the border to check people passing through the place in order to curb illegal trades. It is about 3 hours drive from Sagamu. The prevailing occupation is trading.

Adequate awareness was conducted in the community about the outreach days before, this reflected in the huge number of people that turned out for the outreach.

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A team of volunteers from the 3 organizations arrived at the venue at about 10 am in a bus after a journey which lasted about three hours. A total of about 1500 people were already at the venue awaiting the medical team.

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Questionnaires were administered to the people to find out about their knowledge, awareness and attitude to Diabetes and risk assessment. A brief health talk was delivered by one of the medical personnel.

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Each participant went through the vital signs stations before they saw the doctors and then screening for diabetes and counselling was carried out.

The outreach lasted for over five hours .The medical outreach eventually ended at about 4pm and the medical team left.

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OBSERVATION:

  1. The turn out of the people for the free medical outreach was impressing. This shows their responsiveness to Orthodox medicine
  2.   Majority of the people that turned out for the outreach were elderly people above 50 years of age
  3. The people were eager to learn more about their health. This was displayed by their attentive attitude during the brief health talk

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Dammy Opawale

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