Managing Diabetes

The kickoff of the second three-year initiative funded by the World Diabetes Foundation in Denmark took place in spring 2015. Managing Diabetes in the Department of Sololá will strengthen and expand on the model created in 2012:

  • Opening 20 new detection and education centers in villages surrounding Lake Atitlán.
  • Training 300 healthcare workers in diabetes prevention and care.
  • Offering classroom diabetes education for children ages 12 to 17.
  • Publishing culturally appropriate booklets in Tz’utujil, Kaqchikel and K’iche’.

In 2015, the hospital underwrote $50,000 in free diabetes detection and education.

In March 2012, Hospitalito Atitlán inaugurated Managing Diabetes in Santiago Atitlán. Its purpose was to provide a comprehensive program improving diabetes prevention and treatment in the community.

Accomplishments included:

  • Training 202 healthcare workers in diabetes prevention and care.
  • Establishing 13 detection centers.
  • Providing more than 15,000 glucose level detections.
  • Publishing culturally appropriate educational materials.
  • The new initiative is an expansion of the original three-year program and will run through 2018.

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!