Currently in Nigeria, the emphasis of most policies and interventions is on screening and early treatment.
Though diabetes education forms a part of most strategies, screening of people at risk is the main focus.
The current strategies that exist in Nigeria are mainly health-care facility based and as such do not provide adequate information to the teeming population.
According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas (2013), about 3.9million out of the 78 million adult population in Nigeria (20-79years) is diabetic.
This puts the National prevalence of type 2 diabetes at approximately 5%. According to the same report, about 105,000 diabetes related deaths occurred in 2013.
There is thus a need for improved diabetes education and awareness
DIABEDUCATION is aimed at imbibing healthy living lifestyle, good physical activities among young individuals as well as make them diabetes advocates in their schools and communities through adequate diabetes education in a “catch them young approach”.
The training manual was developed to teach basic symptomalogy of the disease in easy to understand plain language for children and adults as well as utilizing community focused advocacy methods and via the use of social media- the latest social trend as a veritable tool for diabetes advocacy.
With Nigeria’s mobile subscriber base estimated to grow by a significant 14 percent this year to 120 million, utilization of social media in youth health advocacy will help educate, motivate, encourage, and act as a viable propagation medium for adequate diabetes information and education among Nigerians.
With this project we will be directly training over a hundred secondary school students across Ogun State who will then create awareness and educate their peers and community hence indirectly affecting over a hundred thousand individuals across the state.
Our profound gratitude goes to The Ogun State Government, The Ogun State Ministry of Health and the Department of Public health and School health board for the tremendous support.
We also say a big thank you to the Honorable Commissioner for Health for Ogun State, Dr Olaokun Soyinka, Mr Talabi Olumuyiwa – Patron of The Talabi Diabetes Center, the Directors, Facilitators, Volunteers, Sponsors and finally our contributing authors.
This program is scheduled to hold on the 16th of April, 2015. Follow the hashtag #diabeducation on Twitter and on Facebook.
Interested in being a part of the program either as a sponsor or volunteer? Please send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org