Government of Goa re-launches changing diabetes® barometer with Novo Nordisk Education Foundation and Embassy of Denmark
The Government of Goa has re-launched the Changing Diabetes® Barometer programme with the Embassy of Denmark and Novo Nordisk Education Foundation to address the growing diabetes pandemic in the state. Currently Goa is home to 3.6 lakh people with diabetes1 with over 2.2 lakh people with diabetes living in urban areas.1
To address this challenge, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Dr Sanjay Dalvi, Director Health Services and Shri Melvin D’souza, Managing Trustee, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation (NNEF) in the presence of Shri Vishwajit Rane, honourable Minister for Health Govt. of Goa; Shri J Ashok Kumar, Health Secretary, (Govt. of Goa), HE Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark; and other key government officials.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, said Shri Vishwajit Rane, Minister for Public Health & Family Welfare, Government of Goa said: “Unless we take proper care to create mass awareness about diabetes and it’s complications amongst common public and initiate proper treatment, it will pose a greater challenge to the individual, their family and society as a whole. A collaborative approach involving a Public-Private-Partnership is the need of the hour for prevention of diabetes through early detection, diagnosis and management. We are hopeful that with the rollout of the CDB programme, we will be able to ensure improved outcome for people with diabetes through better access to quality care. Moreover, also raise awareness about diabetes and related risks in a large cross-section of society.”
Under the programme (to be rolled out in two phases), 5 Community Diabetes Centres (CDCs) will be set up for testing and treatment of diabetes at Goa Medical College and others. In addition, free insulin will be provided to all CDCs. Training (with the support of the Embassy of Denmark) on the latest advancements in diabetes treatment will be provided to all government doctors and paramedics. Diabetes educators will be appointed for at-home counselling and guidance. ANM workers will be trained to make home visits for diabetes testing and relevant diabetes education literature will be provided to all.
Speaking about the CDB project rollout, Melvin D’souza, Managing Trustee, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation said, “It is important for likeminded groups to act collectively on the challenges involved. Partnership-driven chronic care models and sharing of best practices can go a long way in achieving a productive and fruitful outcome. We are committed to the cause of changing diabetes and we thank the Government of Goa for giving us this opportunity.”
The Government of Goa had initiated the CDB programme on a pilot basis in 2008 in association with NNEF. In the first phase, 5 mobile Diabetes camps were conducted at 28 Primary Health Centres where over 32,000 people were tested for diabetes. 600 doctors & nurses and over 1200 anganwadi workers were trained on diabetes. In addition, a house-to-house campaign was conducted to create awareness reaching over 300,000 people. Goa was the first Indian state to have a Diabetes Registry (launched in 2011) and a mobile Diabetes van.
1. Geldsetzer P, Manne-Goehler J, Theilmann M, et al. Diabetes and hypertension in India: a nationally representative study of 1.3 million adults JAMA Intern Med. Published online January 29, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8094