Starting in January 2011, work began in earnest on our new diabetes training manual. The idea for this manual came out of a collaboration we have with INCAP (Institute of Nutrition in Central America and Panama) and APRECOR (Guatemalan Association for Prevention of Heart Disease) to develop better educational resources for Kaqchikel speaking diabetic patients. Starting with resources originally developed for an urban, non indigenous Guatemalan population, Wuqu' Kawoq is embarking on an extensive cultural and linguistic revision of these materials to make them more appropriate for our target population. The end result will be a training manual, consisting of seven interactive sessions, which can be used to teach health promoters to lead group-based sessions with diabetic patients in their communities. As part of the revision, new handouts and patient education illustrations, especially designed for low-literate populations, are being developed.
Work on this manual is now well underway. Linguists from Kaqchikel Cholchi', the Kaqchikel linguistics organization, are collaborating with Wuqu' Kawoq staff to produce the adaptation, which will then be field tested on select groups of volunteer patients and health promoters prior to release to the general public. Staff from both organizations are meeting weekly at the offices of Kaqchikel Cholchi' in Chimaltenango to move this project forward.
At the same time as this exciting new work is going on, we continue to provide the same high quality diabetes care to patients as always!
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