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World Diabetes Day Campaign

By Elizabeth Rowley | 03 Nov, 2014

I wanted to let this network know about the campaign that my organisation and a partner charity called The Pendsey Trust are putting on. It is called ''Put the WORLD back in World Diabetes Day'' and the aim is to raise awareness within the diabetes community and general public about what we believe are the most pressing global diabetes issues.

Although World Diabetes Day began in 1991 in order to “draw attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world”, this annual occasion tends to leave out many people worldwide by choosing not to raise awareness of issues like lack of access to insulin, diabetes supplies, care and education. We believe World Diabetes Day should inspire action to find sustainable solutions to these life and death issues for people living with diabetes worldwide.

Would you visit and have a quick look at the campaign and info around it? You can support the initiative in a very quick and easy way by adding your photo and sharing this campaign with your networks.

We've got friends worldwide taking part and, as you can see, it's very important to them. It only takes a moment but will mean so much to so many people.

Feel free to get in touch or respond here with any questions or comments. Keep up the great work, everyone!



Prasad Pasam Replied at 8:44 PM, 3 Nov 2014

Dear Elizabeth Rowley

Iam planning to train youth as Diabetes Educator.
Do you have any curriculum for 1 month which can make these youth get
themselves know what is diabetes and how to screen

Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinant Sonyuy Replied at 12:27 AM, 4 Nov 2014

wonderful request to Elizabeth there. i shall be interested in such material if available.

Prasad Pasam via GHDonline <> wrote:

Elizabeth Rowley Replied at 5:41 AM, 4 Nov 2014

Dear Prasad and Mbiydzenyuy,

Thanks for your question. I will include here two links about diabetes education curricula, one from the International Diabetes Federation and one from the UK NHS that might be of use. I hope they are helpful but if they are not exactly what you are looking for please feel free to email me at and I'll see if I can further support.


I hope you are both in support of the above campaign and that you would submit a photo and share the link with your networks so that we can raise awareness about the issue worldwide.

Kind Regards,

Prasad Pasam Replied at 5:57 AM, 4 Nov 2014

Thanks Elizabeth

Actually iam proposing to our Government to create awareness for adolescence population (18yrs to 35yrs) on Diabetes.

in my proposal:
1. We will train 1 person for every 1000 adolescence population.
2. The trained Diabetes Educator will do screening for this 1000 and keep track of them and offer tips on controlling or preventing Diabetes.
3. Direct them to government hospitals/ Adolescence health clinics for treatment.
4. Collect the stats and share with stake holders in healthcare.

This can be driven as self employment for the Diabetes Educator, We can set up Diabetes Screening Camps in association with Pharma and medical equipment companies sponsoring the events as a part of their CSR.

Timothy Simard Replied at 5:43 AM, 5 Nov 2014

Dear Elizabeth, Prasad and Mbiydzenyuy:
We have a powerful software platform designed and built with Dr. Ganda at Joslin Diabetes Center that includes a diabetes consultation protocol for CDE, patient education, analytics and documentation.
We call it Care in the Cloud for the prevention and management of diabetes (or other chronic diseases).
Our passion is to help people globally with improving access to care and quality respectful of limited resources in many places in the world.
We have a small foundation Anthurium Solutions Foundation managed by the fund in San Francisco that provides seed capital for innovative organizations at the intersection of healthcare, technology and education. Here is the link for a brief description of our solution:
Our vision is to enable local health care workers to deliver care and connect them with other health care workers around the world for collaboration including training, education and support.
If I can be of service in some way please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sree Tiruvayipati Replied at 10:10 PM, 5 Nov 2014

Dear Prasad and Elizabeth,

Prasad, Thank You for asking a highly relevant education material and also am interested in your idea and hope we can discuss this further, privately.

Elizabeth, for promptly sharing these materials and thank you very much. In our Medical school we are planning to conduct activities with involvement of medicos and will submit a photo.

Prasad Pasam Replied at 10:24 PM, 5 Nov 2014

Thanks Sree

Pls write to me at

Iam working on training unemployed youth as Diabetes Educators and offer basic screening services nd upload the data through our ICT application from the Tab.

Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

Elizabeth Rowley Replied at 6:16 AM, 6 Nov 2014

Prasad and Timothy,

Both of those initiatives sound wonderful! I will look into the foundation as well, Timothy.

Sree, thank you so much for committing to submitting a photo. That is wonderful news! The more people we can make aware of these issues so that they can support initiatives like all of yours, the better!

All the best,

Timothy Simard Replied at 11:56 AM, 7 Nov 2014

You can contact me directly at <mailto:> at your convenience.

Xiaoxi Zhang Replied at 1:50 AM, 21 Nov 2014

Dear all,

Thank you so much for your contribution!

There is one point I want to mention that we can think about training medical student to be diabetes educator.

In China, in recent years, volunteer service has been increasingly encouraged by higher educational institutions. The healthcare service medical students provide to the community has been more and more popular as it has benefited community, patients, professional clinical healthcare provider as well as students themselves. Students get practical opportunity for consolidating their medical knowledge, developing their communication skills and enhancing their sense of healthcare profession. Their enthusiasm and innovation have instilled fresh strength to community healthcare service, which have helped relieve the burden of community healthcare team and promote better use of the clinical resource.

From the perspective of project implementation, training medical student can be more efficient, as they have already had medical knowledge and they tend to be motivated.

Thank you so much!

James Muchira Replied at 10:51 PM, 22 Nov 2014


I also think we need to focus our energies to the young people- in high school or generally students- to sensitive them on diabetes early in life. This is because diabetes has insidious onset and due to low knowledge levels, especially in developing countries, health education would be great idea. I have personally observed this in Kenya.

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