Theme: The Family and Diabetes
Dates: November 10-14, 2018
Venue: Nairobi to Nakuru
Diabetes is one of the four major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya and is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. Diabetes can be prevented and is manageable. Its consequences can be avoided or delayed with lifestyle modification, regular screening and treatment for complications.
In Kenya nearly 2 per cent (nearly 1 million) persons have diabetes and another 3 per cent (1.5 million) have impaired fasting glycaemia also referred to as “pre-diabetes stage”.
Persons with “pre-diabetes” are at high risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes if there’s no intervention in their lifestyle (diet, physical activity, body weight, use of tobacco or alcohol).
CHAK diabetes programme
CHAK has been working to address the challenge of Diabetes since 2012. The CHAK diabetes programme is spread across 31 counties in Government and faith based health facilities. The programme covers prevention and health promotion, early diagnosis and control, surveillance and research.
Findings at community level indicate that some regions have higher prevalence of Diabetes (4 per cent vs 2 per cent) and Pre-Diabetes (4.7 per cent vs 3 per cent) compared to the national prevalence, hence the need to continuously educate communities on prevention, early diagnosis and treatment to save lives.
The global diabetes walk
Each year, the International Diabetes Federation marks the World Diabetes Day on November 14 with a global campaign promoting diabetes awareness and advocacy.
The theme for the 2018 World Diabetes Day is The Family and Diabetes. Family and community support in diabetes care has a substantive effect in improving health outcomes for people living with diabetes. The impact of Diabetes on families is immense. The disease is debilitating to the affected individual and treatment has been shown to consume up to 50 per cent of the average family’s annual income. Advocacy for improved access to affordable diabetes medicines and care is urgent.
Research done by CHAK shows that Diabetes awareness and education at the community level is very low with myriad myths and misconceptions. Less than 1 in 4 family members have access to diabetes education programmes.
CHAK diabetes walk
CHAK will hold a Diabetes walk from Nairobi to Nakuru, a distance of 155 KM, from November 10-13 to:
1. Create awareness and educate Kenyans on Diabetes and its risk factors
2. Conduct free screening for Diabetes and offer lifestyle modification counselling
3. Refer those found to have high blood sugar to the nearest health facility for comprehensive management
The walk will be flagged off in in Kikuyu town on November 10, 2018, with stop-overs in the following major towns:
1. November 11, 2018: Kimende Town
2. November 12, 2018: Naivasha Town
3. November 13, 2018: Kikopey Town
The CHAK Diabetes Walk will end on November 14, 2018 at PCEA Nakuru West Health Centre in Nakuru town where commemoration of World Diabetes Day will take place.
In each town, CHAK will conduct awareness and education, screening and lifestyle modification counseling and refer those found to have high blood sugar to the nearest health facility.
Call to action
We invite all Kenyans of goodwill to join us in this noble course to ensure a more healthy and productive nation, unencumbered by the challenges that accompany non-communicable diseases including Diabetes.
We are inviting you to partner with us in this one of a kind initiative by supporting us in the following areas:
1. Sports Gear for walkers
2. Hotel accommodation
3. Water & Beverages
4. Media Coverage
5. Branding & Marketing
6. First Aid
For more information contact us on (+254) 722 203 617 or 20 4441920 or 20 4445543