Diabetic Education and Treatment for Nomadic Community. Diabetic associated disease risk reduction education, access to treatment at Nomadic Community Diabetic Education and Clinic Center.
Why this project?
According to world health Organization, the prevalence of diabetes in Kenya is at 3.3 % and it is predicted to rise by 4.5 % by 2025.Among the twenty causes of death in Kenya diabetes ranks number eight surpassing even more than malaria. About two million Kenyans have diabetes and it is the leading cause of heart diseases such as hypertension, heart attack, and cancer among young children (Mwaniki, 2010; Weru, 2008 and Ngetich, 2010). No research has been done on nomadic community. Nomadic communities have knowledge dealing with diseases such as cough, GI distress, fractures but have no knowledge or skills when it comes to diabetes.
According to the reports, two thirds of diabetes may be undiagnosed, and due to burden of other communicable diseases, Kenya will fall short in achieving its focus on decreasing and preventing the rise of diabetes. Though this finding focus on general statistic of diabetes in Kenya, the study does not show accurate picture of the impact of diabetes in our nomadic communities in Northern Kenya. The lack of good health care facilities for women and children has been a barrier to healthcare success for our nomadic community. Kenyan dispensary provides basic health care needs such as cold remedies, and bandages, however, none of the dispensaries have accurate equipment to deal with chronic disease such as diabetes or gestation diabetes. The report also indicates that many healthcare workers lack adequate education, knowledge and training. The research also indicated that there were 478,000 cases of diabetes in Kenya in 2015. This study did not include childhood diabetes (type 1) or any gestational diabetes.
This report showed how the high cost and unavailability of insulin had contributed to poor diabetes management. This finding is of a huge concern specially for the nomadic communities. Insulin price is always marked for profit which makes it difficult to afford. Most of the people were diagnosed very late making diabetes difficult to treat. For nomadic community in northern Kenya, it is difficult to manage diabetes because of their life style of always on the move and lack of fridge to store insulin or medication.
Nomadic community of Norther Kenya ( Marsabit and Isiolo counties)
Nomadic community of northern Kenya are people who move from one place to another in search of water and pastures for their animals throughout the arid plain of northern Kenya. Due to their constant migration with their animals and family they don’t have permanent home or medical support or education about major diseases affecting their community. Their traditional system of pastoralism is increasingly coming under severe stresses and shocks due to climate change. Although they are extremely resilient, their traditional coping strategies and mechanisms are no longer effective when it comes to complex diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure.
- To increase diabetes knowledge among nomadic community of Northern Kenya.
- To ensure timely access to appropriate diabetic medical care facility
- To increase knowledge about other complication that comes with diabetes and other complication related to diabetes.
- To increase the use of safer medication administration and storage.
- To decrease other complication that is associated with diabetes.