Diabetes is spreading at an alarming pace in India. The prevalence of diabetes in India is 62.47 per 1,000 populations, making it the highest diabetes burdened country in the world. It is estimated that 62.4 million people live with diabetes, and 77.2 million people are on the threshold with pre-diabetes. Sustained stress, lack of exercise, unhealthy dietary habits and hypertension are the key factors fueling the epidemic of type II diabetes in India.

HPPI works with both government and private partners to implement its Diabetes Programme “Diabetes Community Care and Support”. The project started in 2012 supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and operated over a three-year period in Mandore Block, Jodhpur District, Rajasthan. Building on the success of this intervention, a new project was started in 2016 to cover 5 more blocks of the district, supported by World Diabetes Foundation.

 

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HPPI has been implementing activities on diabetes awareness, detection and care since December 2012 in Jodhpur District – Rajasthan in collaboration with the NCD (Non Communicable Diseases) Cell, Department of Health, Jodhpur; first with support from Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation (Dec’12 – May’15) and second with support from World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) (Jan’16 – March’18).

The WDF supported project, “Community-based Diabetes Detection and Care”, was implemented in five administrative blocks of Jodhpur District. Through door-to-door visits, in cooperation with frontline health workers, more than 152,000 people were verbally screened to identify their risk of diabetes; more than 33,000 people at risk were tested in hospitals and specially arranged testing camps in the villages and 2,700 were diagnosed with diabetes. The project formed and trained 1116 community based support groups (TRIOs) for the most needy diabetes patients, to help them adhere to their treatment and required lifestyle changes.

Combined, over a period of 4 – 5 years, the two projects have established more than 2700 TRIOs and worked with diabetes patients and their closest family members and friends, with the aim to improve the patients’ blood-sugar levels and help them to get control of their illness through applied changes in lifestyle and daily diet.

 

 

About HPPI

Humana People to People India is a development organization registered as a not-for-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 as of 21st May 1998. It is a non-political, non-religious organization. Its mission is to unite with people in India in order to create development in the broadest sense through the implementation of the projects that aim at transferring knowledge, skills and capacity to individuals and communities who need assistance to come out of poverty and other dehumanizing conditions.

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