DIABETES

DR. ANN FENNA

DISTRICT CHAIR

region 1

Mandeville

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(876) 869-7629

JUNIOR BACCHUS, MJF

ASSOCIATE CHAIR

region 3

St.Vincent South

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(784) 528-6886

KERIS HARPER, MJF

ASSOCIATE CHAIR

region 4

St.Andrew

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876-999-3758


DISTRCT PROGRAMME – DIABETES

LIONISTIC YEAR 2019 – 2020

According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7 per cent in 1980 to 8.5 per cent in 2014.WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh-leading cause of death in 2030.

Type 2 diabetes, which is on the increase worldwide, is caused principally by poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. In the past three decades, the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes has risen dramatically in countries, more so in middle and low-income countries and is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.

Diabetes is a serious, potentially life-threatening illness, which must be taken seriously. The occurrence of diabetes is growing at concerning levels throughout the Caribbean region. Over time, high blood glucose levels damage nerves and blood vessels, leading to complications such as heart disease and stroke, which are the leading cause of death among people with diabetes.

Objectives

Clubs should focus on increasing awareness and action and partnering with Diabetic Associations all over the Caribbean to support programmes of prevention and treatment. Examples include:

  • Increase testing
  • Increase education and awareness seminars
  • Promoting healthy diets, exercise and weight loss
  • Support diabetic foot care
  • Support work on childhood diabetes

Strategies

  • The plan is to continue / increase glucose testing in the various communities and vulnerable groups.
  • Increasing awareness is key and will be one of our main focus for 2019-2020 by way of talks, walks, testing, partnerships with health professionals etc. It has been noted that simply distributing information on health hazards and how to avoid them is not sufficient for the prevention of chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes in the general population. This approach has not proved to be very successful in reducing obesity and increasing physical activity levels. In societies that encourage unhealthy lifestyles, information and education alone will not succeed.
  • Attention must be paid to the creation of an environment and conditions that are conducive to achieving and maintaining an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits. An environment that promotes physical activity and optimum nutrition will help prevent those at high risk from developing diabetes, while also preventing those at low risk from becoming high risk.
  • Partners with organisations working on childhood diabetes to identify way to support education and healthy lifestyles
  • Form partnerships with other groups in the fight against Diabetes. Lions & Leos need to lead the way in physical activities / participate in health initiatives to promote healthy lifestyle and wellness. The health sector on its own cannot accomplish population‐wide changes. New strategic relationships with groups not normally associated with health but whose activities have an impact on health are needed.
  • Lions and Leos will be asked to do Special project(s) during November - Diabetes Awareness Month / World Diabetes Day
  • Work closely with the Diabetes Associations across the District and / or with the Ministries of Health
  • Work with other Lions Clubs or other Service Clubs.
  • Reward and Recognition

    The best Diabetes Project and runner-up project for the year will be awarded.

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