ISSN 1470-3947 (print) | ISSN 1479-6848 (online)

Endocrine Abstracts (2019) 63 EP65 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.63.EP65

Addressing issues of diabetes patients community: evaluation in resource poor settings

S Pal, T Roy & V Shastri


SFCCP, Meerut, India.


Issues: Adolescent diabetes social stigma in India. Such diabetics needs proper guidance/information/treatment-counselling outlets. This is burning issue in developing-nations like India. Hence we all need to unite & form a comprehensive diabetes care & counselling policy plan at ECE conference. Treatment options must be suitable for developing-nations considering cost of Rx. Incorporating NGO’s in such efforts is very effective.

Our Project Methodology: This is a policy paper. Our 10 year-old-NGO started Diabetes education-project in rural India from 2014. we started s education & surveillance project to analyze social & anthropological issues facing those affected by adolescent diabetes. Total 162 adolescents subjects enrolled by Feedback questionnaires to get their feedback on special needs, perceptions, social attitude on diagnosis of diabetes. Factors like community-inhibition, social-ostracism, economic-difficulties, marital discord, non-availability of treatment-guidance centres, lack of trained-staff analysed & draft policy is recommended to Govt-agencies.

Lessons learned: Adolescent diabetes management must include care of nursing & psycho-social needs. Here role of NGO’s in diabetes education is very effective in terms of cost-management, better impact & better-compliance of young diabetics. Community mass intervention projects has proven useful in rural communities of resource poor-nations. ECE participants can collaborate with NGO-activists to address this issue. Uniform public health policy needed to implement & expand newer strategies to include broader range of diabetes care-issues.

Recommendations: Promoting dialogue between Government-health-services & NGO’s accelerates diabetes education/awareness programs. NGO participation improves cost-efficacy of such initiatives in economically poor populations. This would reduce difficulties faced by young diabetics from Asian countries. It is essential that WHO/ESE makes common guideline manual on this issue affecting developing-countries. We graphically present our NGO’s project on diabetes patients education project in four phases to ECE participants.

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