Diabetic sufferers in chronic program

2018-03-01 06:00
UWC lecture from the School of Public Health Lungiswa Tsolekile educating elders on how to eat to stay healthy during the Sivile Senza Program launch.PHOTO: unathi obose

UWC lecture from the School of Public Health Lungiswa Tsolekile educating elders on how to eat to stay healthy during the Sivile Senza Program launch.PHOTO: unathi obose

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Khayelitsha Senior Citizens clubs collectively converged at the Southern African Christian Leadership Association (Sacla) offices situated in G Section, Site B, to launch the Sivile Senza program in an effort to raise awareness against diabetes.

The event was organised by the School of Public Health based at the University of the Western Cape(UWC), in partnership with Sacla and Children Mercy Hospital based in Kansas City, in America.

Lungiswa Tsolekile, a lecturer in public health from UWC, described the program as an adaptation of a diabetes program that has been used abroad as a diabetes prevention program.

She said it was also a research project which is at a trial stage, using support groups in the community.

“In our communities, we have people that have diabetes and hypertension, which is our field of work.

The difference is that in the program we use community health workers instead of professional nurses to deliver our services.

Called the Diabetes Prevention Programme, it aims to work closely with community workers to deliver services.

“To teach people the how to part of the programme, nutrition and exercise,” she added.

“Because of we are developing country we don’t have enough nurses. We have to adapt it for language and health literacy so it can be applicable and be used by community health workers,” said Tsolekile.

She said their target is support groups like senior citizens clubs in the communities where mainly people with chronic conditions live.

“Most people have chronic conditions by nature, while others are elders. The only difference is how it is going to be delivered because it will have about 17 sections and community health workers will act as facilitators.

It will contain debates and videos, which will be used as teaching tools ... Nutrition and physical activities suitable for these people,” she said.

Professor Delwyn Catley from Children Mercy Hospital described Sacla as leading the way to benefit millions of South African and the world.

He expressed his gratitude to the people that partnered with them to make event possible.

Professor Thandi Puoane, also from the School of Public Health at UWC urged the community to stand up and fight for their health.

“We need to protect our lives. We need to take care of what we are eating and look after our diet. We encourage people not to eat too much salt, sugar and fats,” she urged.

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