The HOPE Center:
Effecting Positive Change on the Continuum of Care for People with
and at Risk of Diabetes in South Africa
Project HOPE in partnership with
Eli Lilly and Company is
launching a five-year, community-based Non-Communicable Disease
(NCD) initiative in Johannesburg, South Africa called The HOPE
Project HOPE has extensive experience in implementing diabetes
programs across the world. The HOPE Center takes Project HOPE’s
institutional diabetes experience and combines it with our regional
focus on community development, producing an innovative and cost
effective approach to diabetes prevention, diagnosis/treatment and
management in resource poor settings.
Current Reality ....
Diabetes was once a rare disease in sub-Saharan Africa, but it has
been estimated that currently there are more than 12 million people
with the disease and only 15% of those have been formally diagnosed.
This number will double over the next 20 years putting a tremendous
burden on the health system in the country.
Zandspruit and its three surrounding townships, based on the Western
outskirts of Johannesburg, provide the backdrop for this new
project. With an estimated population of 200,000, the government
health clinic that provides comprehensive health services with only
four nurses is overwhelmed. Patients
at risk of developing or living with diabetes face problems of
timely access to quality diagnosis, care and treatment. Management
of the disease is non-existent due to lack of capacity.
Proposed Activities ....
Project HOPE in partnership with local stakeholders will implement a
three-pronged approach to tackle this crisis:
We will increase NCD PREVENTION activities through building the
capacity of existing community health workers by training them with
a focus on diabetes and piloting new screening and monitoring tools
to ensure successful referrals.
We will increase access to DIAGNOSTIC and TREATMENT services in the
community by running a diabetes clinic in partnership with the
government clinic, providing a new range of diagnostic and treatment
services that are currently not available.
We will improve diabetes MANAGEMENT through the establishment of
peer support groups that will provide health education, nutrition
counseling and exercise support to help
improve long-term health outcomes.
Founded in 1958,
(Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to
providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of
helping people to help themselves.
Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the
world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides
medical training and health education, as well as conducts
humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.
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