Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF) in partnership with the Non-Communicable Diseases Division of the Federal Ministry of Health(FMOH), formally signed on to a 3-year project, The Diabetes Awareness and Care Project in Nigeria, funded by the World Diabetes Foundation(WDF), aimed at improving Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) health outcomes in selected communities in Imo state and the FCT. The WDF has been funding projects to improve diabetes prevention, awareness and care in Nigeria since 2008.
The project signing took place on the 12th of March 2018 at the NCD Division of the Federal Ministry of Health, and was undertaken by the Director/National Coordinator, NCDs, Dr. Nnenna Ezeigwe, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation, Dr. Kelechi Ohiri.
The project aims to improve health outcomes in Nigeria by strengthening evidence-based programming and policy-making through the utilization of various approaches like advocacy to multiple stakeholders, education at the community level, sensitization of health workers, guideline development, training and performance management to improve access to diabetes prevention and care services, amongst others.
Specific project objectives are to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), its risk factors and prevention in targeted communities in Imo and the FCT, to improve access to diabetes care through training of healthcare workers and screening (early detection) for type 2 diabetes, and to improve the availability, quality and use of type 2 diabetes data for decision making.
The project aims to screen 50,000 people for diabetes, strengthen 110 clinics to provide T2DM care, train 220 healthcare workers, conduct 20 T2DM screening camps and reach 500,000 people with awareness messages.