APSA International plans to educate and empower 1000 people living with diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease in Mauritius through education sessions and the use of therapeutic booklets in order to avoid complications and premature death. These educational booklets and materials will be distributed during the sessions, which are organised at APSA Diabetes Care Centre. By empowering the patients, it will also educate their families on the consequences of diabetes.
Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in Mauritius. Over 250,000 people are living with diabetes, while a significant portion of the population is at risk of developing it. Poorly controlled diabetes leads to several physical and psychological complications. Not many people have access to proper education regarding diabetes to improve their quality of life.Prevention is better than Cure, hence the need to empower patients in order to adopt an appropriate lifestyle.
APSA will purchase and provide therapeutic booklets and materials to educate diabetic patients to take ownership of their health in order to avoid complications and irreversible damages. These booklets are tools used to explain various aspects of the disease such as cardiovascular risks, insulin intake, proper nutrition, and the diabetic foot. The results are tangible and can be measured by an evaluation that takes place 6 months after the educational sessions by a team of health educators.
This project aims to change the lives of 1000 patients. 1 patient empowered will in turn empower their families and surrounding. The knowledge and skills acquired by the patient will help them better manage their diabetic condition and prevent diabetic complications. This will avoid socio-economic consequences on the individual and the society. A panel of patients educated equals 1000 families able to elude the on-set of pre-diabetes by adopting a healthy lifestyle.