Diabetes Education in Bolivia

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Improving Diabetes Screening, Treatment and Awareness

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In Cochabamba, Bolivia’s third-largest city, an estimated 10% of adults suffer from diabetes. Clinica Vivir con Diabetes (CVCD), Abbott Fund’s and Direct Relief International’s local partner, diagnoses and treats patients with diabetes throughout the city while also working to raise awareness through a variety of activities, like the diabetes walk pictured here.

Improving Diabetes Screening, Treatment and Awareness

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CVCD held a diabetes awareness fair in a park across the street from its clinic. The event offered free testing and counseling for those found to have Type I or Type II diabetes.

Improving Diabetes Screening, Treatment and Awareness

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Many of those tested were young adults from low-income families. CVCD is the region’s only diabetes clinic, delivering care at little or no cost to patients.

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Since 2006, CVCD has screened and cared for more than 90,000 diabetes patients in Cochabamba, including Type I and Type II diabetes. In addition to our financial support, Abbott donates blood-testing equipment for the clinic as well as for patients’ personal use.

Improving Diabetes Screening, Treatment and Awareness

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We also help support CVCD’s lifestyle education courses for diabetes patients. Before CVCD began its educational outreach, health care practitioners in the region tended to treat diabetes as a temporary disease rather than a lifelong condition.

Improving Diabetes Screening, Treatment and Awareness

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As part of its mission, CVCD sends trained social workers to visit diabetes patients at home to ensure that they know how to manage their condition.

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Thanks to CVCD, the annual rate of detection of diabetes in Cochabamba has increased by 250 percent. Since 2006, CVCD has served over 90,000 diabetes patients, counseling them on disease management techniques and healthy living habits.

Improving Diabetes Screening, Treatment and Awareness

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Entrance to CVCD's new headquarters in Cochabamba. The new facility includes up-to-date areas for laboratory diagnosis, clinical treatment, education, nutrition, physical therapy and a restaurant.

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   at AWS.Web.UI.WebControls.ImageDisplay.get_ImageUrl() Chronic diseases like diabetes affect a growing number of people in developing nations such as Bolivia, where an estimated 10 percent of adults have diabetes. The Abbott Fund is partnering with Direct Relief to support Clinica Vivir con Diabetes (CVCD) in Cochabamba, the nation's third-largest city. CVCD, a recognized leader in diabetes education, detection and treatment, has trained hundreds of diabetes educators, and identified thousands of diabetes sufferers and referred them for treatment. It is supported by nearly $500,000 in grants from the Abbott Fund, plus more than $220,000 in donated products from Abbott. Funding has also helped CVCD develop and implement an electronic medical records system that helps track patient progress, evaluate program effectiveness and facilitate detailed epidemiological studies. In 2012, CVCD moved into a new permanent building which is in a more accessible area in Cochabamba. It is expected that the improved location and quality of the facility will attract more patients who can pay for services that will help subsidize low-income patients who cannot pay.

 

Results Sources: Direct Relief and Clinica Vivir con Diabetes
Results to Date

12/06/2013

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