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Students to receive training on diabetes management

Students to receive training on diabetes management
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Students to receive training on diabetes management, A total of 15 schools in Delhi will be among the first in India to receive information and...

New Delhi: A total of 15 schools in Delhi will be among the first in India to receive information and training on how to educate students, teachers and parents on diabetes using specially designed 'school diabetes information pack'.

The project titled Kids and Diabetes in School (KIDS) is being conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India in collaboration with AIIMS, International Diabetes Federation (IDF), HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth) and pharmaceutical company Sanofi to foster a environment that creates a better understanding of diabetes and supports children with diabetes.

“The statistics reveal a steep increase in the number of diabetes patients especially children and adolescents; hence such initiative was the need of the hour,” Anindo Majumdar, principal secretary education, Delhi, said at the launch of the information pack.

Around 15 schools including seven private and eight government schools will receive training sessions and information packs on managing diabetes from experts in healthcare, public health and health promotion from State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), PHFI and HRIDAY.

School training sessions will focus on educating teachers and school staff on diabetes, symptoms associated with episodes of high and low blood sugar and how to respond in case of emergency situations.

A ‘diabetes in schools’ app available in English and Hindi featuring interactive elements of the pack will be available later in the year.

The project is being simultaneously conducted in Brazil and 15 schools have been identified there too for the pilot project.

“We want children to feel comfortable managing their diabetes in school, whilst at the same time educating their care-giving network on best way to deal with diabetes,” said David Chaney, Senior Education Specialist at IDF.

“We also plan to translate the information packs in eight international languages including Spanish, German, Chinese, Arabic and three others, to adapt the programme for implementation in other countries as well,” added David.

The International Diabetes Foundation has estimated that the figure of 65 million people with diabetes in India in 2013 will rise to 109 million by 2035.

The project is planned to focus both on Type 1 diabetes management and Type 2 diabetes prevention.

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