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People with diabetes Typ 1



Education program for diabetics


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Basically, it is difficult for a person with diabetes type 1 or type 2 in Africa with the supply of drugs and blood glucose meters and test strips. In The Gambia there is no comparable health system, such as here in Germany. An interested party with diabetes mellitus must pay in the rule for the diagnosis and therapy her/himself.

In addition, the medical care has big regional differences, and there, especially in rural areas there are gaps. This is where natural medicine and traditional medicine have a much greater role than in the vicinity of large cities such as Banjul and Serrekunda.
In fact there is "free" medicine in the outpatient departments of public hospitals, but this applies to a few indications, such as malaria, tuberculosis and yellow fever, but not yet diabetes.

Together with Dr. Gaye the Diabetes-Projekt The Gambia e.V. take care together with other organizations around the supply of sugar and insulin medication for diabetics.

In November 2006, for the first time by Dr. Gaye the long-term blood glucose measurement (HbA1c) was used after he has been equipped with a long-term blood glucose meter. The results ranged between 7.0% and> 14% in a group of 12 people with diabetes. Certainly an indication, that needs to be done a lot especially in the training for self-dependent and living with diabetes!
The coaches group has therefore decided in February 2007 to deal with the measures that should help advance the type 1 diabetic group. Since that time, six weeks into the distance, people with type 1 summoned to the hospital in order to print out the stored results from their blood glucose meters, and every 12 weeks, the measurement of long-term sugar. Insight into current measurement results can be found in the travel report of November 2010. The training program is used regularly in this group, and there is progress in the results.
Incidentally, the long-term blood glucose meter was broken in late 2009 and had to be replaced free of charge because a repair was not possible. For this and any repair the Diabetes-Projekt The Gambia e.V. takes over the costs, and naturally for the reagents to measure the HbA1c of type 1 affected (1x/quarter year).

Here are some pictures from the year 2007, we were busy once again with laboratory measurements in the Pakala Clinic of Dr. Gaye.

The following pictures were taken in February 2010, when we had once again organized a workshop with the people affected with type 1:

Here are some pictures from this workshop:

Finally the picture of the whole group: