Commemoration of the World Diabetes Day 2020
In collaboration with the delegation of public health to carryout activities in commemoration of the world diabetes day. VAHA will be runing a number of activities
WORLD DIABETES DAY
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that impairs the body’s ability to process blood glucose. It occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. It is non- communicable diseases which are said to be the leading cause of death globally, and one of the major health challenges of the 21st century. Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in low and middle income countries and is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. In 2016, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.6 million deaths. A healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Value Health Africa with its mission to improve health and wellbeing in communities and with one of its main pillars of work being the fight against Non-communicable diseases, have been carrying out a host of activities all geared towards decreasing the burden of non- communicable diseases diabetes being inclusive. Some of the activities we have been carrying out include, establishment of diabetic clinics in hard-to-reach areas, free screenings and mass sensitization.
In commemoration of the World diabetes day 2020 on the 14 th of November under the theme “The nurse and diabetes” we will be carrying out sensitization in different health facilities, social media sensitization, and sporting activities to commemorate this day.
- To increase awareness on diabetes in communities
- Increase awareness of nurses on their role in the management and prevention of diabetes
- To bring about healthy lifestyle changes in communities
- Identify people pre disposed to diabetes or currently living with diabetes unaware and link them to health care facilities
- To decrease overall burden of diabetes.
- Over 100,000 people are conscious of diabetes, ways of prevention and management.
- Over 100 nurses become conscious of their role in the prevention and management of diabetes.