T1 Diams launches P’t1 Médical for T1 diabetics powered by private sector CSR
2015 also marks the celebration of 10 years of the NGO, which is situated in Vacoas and comprises competent personnel supporting Type 1 diabetes patients based on support of private and public practitioners and other NGOs. (Image: Wazna Gunga)
T1 Diams launched its new project, P’t1 Médical, at a press conference yesterday, to generate awareness among Type 1 diabetics on the institutions they can approach to improve their quality of life, with its noble initiative powered by CSR funding from private sector firms in Mauritius.
The press conference also served to shed light on the objectives of the organisation, which is an NGO that was set up in 2005 and has evolved over the years through pursuit of different projects to sensitise people towards Type 1 diabetes.
2015 also marks the celebration of 10 years of the NGO, which is situated in Vacoas and comprises competent personnel supporting Type 1 diabetes patients based on support of private and public practitioners and other NGOs.
Till date, there are 234 beneficiaries of the organisation’s multiple projects and the NGO has a budget of Rs 8 million, financed by CSR initiatives of private sector companies as well public donations.
The president of the association, Abdullah Dustagheer, highlighted in his speech that Type 1 diabetes is incurable and touches around 400-500 people in Mauritius and Rodrigues being mainly children, adolescents and young adults. T1 Diams seeks to empower diabetics of Type 1 to improve their quality of life.
T1 Diams helps Type 1 diabetics by providing them support in terms of specialised treatment, a 24 hour helpline together with education therapy through activities organised to sensitise patients, and imparting training to members as well university students studying in this field.
Children and adolescents with diabetes normally finds it difficult to talk to others about it and to integrate themselves in society given that their daily life is different, causing them to develop an inferiority complex because of the disease.
T1 Diams helps diabetics to integrate themselves in society as well as sensitise the public to break the taboo around the disease with trained psychologists to motivate patients, including children and adolescents at school level.
The follow-up and evaluation of patients is done through glucose analysis with HbA1c used as the long-term indicator and evaluation reports are also generated, evidencing patient follow-up.
P`t1 Medical is the new project for 2015 and onwards, launched by Dr Pravesh Gunness, the representative doctor and secretary of T1 Diams, with the objective of reducing complications faced by patients in the long term.
The project will progress along three phases and the exact phrase used to describe the project was “etre soigné nécessite maintenant á se soigner différemment” (translating to ‘a need to be treated now and to heal under a unique approach’)
The first phase consists of meeting the family of patients having a high level of HbA1c, which is a test revealing the level of glycated hemoglobin (that should ideally be in the range of 7% or less) thus creating awareness of the importance of reducing the level of this critical parameter through the provision of a tailor-made plan to make treatment successful.
The next step consists of therapy education together with support to the family members of the patient through regular visits, group activities and specialised consultations by nutritionists, ophthalmologists, psychologists and podiatrists.
Finally, the last phase is the evaluation of the project performance to ensure that the patient’s health stays on track.
- By Wazna Gunga