Lifesaving Diabetes Education for Ecuadorian Youth

Dec 6, 2007

Peer to Peer Learning!

Ambato - johanna
Ambato - johanna's home visit

Manabí, Ecuador – Diabetes Workshops

In September 2007, a group of local diabetes youth leaders from the FDJE (Fundación Diabetes Juvenil Ecuador) traveled to Manabí, the poorest province of Ecuador, to meet with children and youth with diabetes and their parents, to carry out diabetes education worshops and follow up with the progress of the children who had attended Campo Amigo Ecuador during the summer. Diabetes workshops were carried out in the following towns: Portoviejo, Chone, Tosagua and Calseta.

Ambato, Ecuador – Diabetes Outreach Visits

In October 2007, four FDJE diabetes youth leaders traveled to Ambato, a small town about 3 hours South of Quito, to follow-up with youth with Type 1 diabetes from the local area and their families.

The following topics were studied during their meetings:

--The importance of maintaining good control of your diabetes --How to live a healthy life & avoid the onset of diabetes complications --Your life with diabetes! --Your experiences with diabetes at Campo Amigo Ecuador! --Diabetes myths --Planning future outreach visits --How to create and strengthen the diabetes community in Ambato --Possible diabetes projects for implementation in Ambato

Every child with diabetes that participated was provided with a Glucagon Kit for their personal use. Glucagon kits are life-saving devices used to treat cases of severe hypoglycemia (extremely low blood sugars).

Follow-up Hemoglobin A1c Tests

Over the course of the next month (December), the FDJE will be carrying out nationwide HbA1c tests, with the support of the local diabetes youth leaders. These tests serve an essential role in measuring the health impact of Campo Amigo Ecuador on blood glucose levels and determining the relative health of each camper and the province in general. The outreach work in general serves as a method of keeping youth actively involved in the FDJE throughout the year as well as strengthening the links to the diabetes community in the more rural areas that lack a strong local health care support system.

Christian's home visit

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