Managing Diabetes

In summer 2018, the Hospitalito kicked off its third initiative funded by the World Diabetes Foundation in Denmark.

Phase Three: Scaling Up Access and Quality of Diabetes Management in Guatemala (2018-2021)
The three-year project will strengthen and expand on the diabetes prevention and treatment model created in 2012.

Key elements include:

  • Maintaining support for existing diabetes clinics and clubs.
  • Educating future generations about prevention via classroom talks.
  • Establishing an electronic database for all diabetic patients in Sololá.
  • Expanding the program’s reach to Nahualá, San José Chacayá, and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, thus providing full coverage in the department of Sololá.
  • Establishing HA as a resource for comprehensive diabetic care.
  • Creating a culturally appropriate healthy recipe booklet for diabetics.

Phase Two: Managing Diabetes in the Department of Sololá (2015-2018)
The second initiative expanded the program beyond Santiago Atitlán to the whole Guatemalan department of Sololá.

Phase One: Managing Diabetes in Santiago Atitlán (2012-2015)
The original initiative provided a comprehensive program for improved community diabetes prevention and treatment.

Phase One & Two Accomplishments
Over six years, the project has:

  • Opened 20 new diabetes detection and education centers in villages surrounding Lake Atitlán.
  • Trained hundreds of healthcare workers in diabetes prevention and care.
  • Offered classroom diabetes education for 10,000 children ages 12 to 17.
  • Provided more than 47,000 glucose level detections.
  • Published culturally appropriate booklets in Tz’utujil, Kaqchikel and K’iche’.

Additionally, four educational videos have been created to increase awareness about diabetes prevention in Spanish (Español), Tz’utujil, Kaqchikel, and K’iche’, these videos are broadcast on local television channels all around the lake with the goal of reaching the largest possible audience. Take a look below!