national diabetes month

Diabetes Performance for National Diabetes Month

Good day,

We are the Blood Sugars project from the University of the Witwatersrand and the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.

November is National Diabetes Month.

We have created a performance that takes people through a reflective journey through the use of storytelling and metaphor.

The aim of the performance is to explore the complexities of living and working with Diabetes from the perspective of clinicians, patients and families with the ultimate aim of improving treatment outcomes through changed behaviour.

We would like to bring the performance to hospitals, clinics, schools and theatres as a way of reaching the general public.

We aim to perform in the month of October and November 2016.

Please email me if you are in Johannesburg and interested in hosting a performance.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

– Tshegofatso Seabi
– Health Communication Research Unit
– University of the Witwatersrand

Cape Town Diabetes Walk next weekend

The Western Cape branch of Diabetes SA has partnered with the Lions to organise a walk this National Diabetes Month – get all the details below!

When: Saturday 28th November 2015

Where: Cape Academy for Maths, Science and Technology, Firgrove Way, Constantia

Route: Through the Tokai Forest

Find out more: By emailing eventswc@diabetessa.org.za

 

A message from Diabetes SA Western Cape:

Diabetes is the 2nd leading cause of  death in the Western Cape. In South Africa there are over 6 million people diagnosed with Diabetes and many more who don’t know they have the disease. Diabetes is prevalent in over 30% of the population of the Western Cape.   Diabetes kills more people than HIV/Aids, and people with Diabetes likely to develop T.B. and die from it.

Diabetes South Africa is a registered Non profit organisation and public benefit organisation and registered under Section 18A with S.A.R.S. They raise funds towards the implementation of many projects which include; camps for children with diabetes, workshops for newly diagnosed patients, Schools Awareness project,  Community Wellness groups, Public Awareness events and Training of Home Based Carers in Underprivileged Communities. Included in their services are Corporate Wellness Days where education, counseling and screening of staff can be done at small fee.

No financial support is available to Diabetes South Africa in the current Healthcare system.  In order to facilitate their services to the people of South Africa, Diabetes S.A. needs the support of the Private Sector in it’s efforts to reduce the damaging effects of this disease and premature mortality, which affects so many people in the prime of their working  lives. The prevalence of diabetes has increased hugely in the coloured community, and the high prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes portends that cardiovascular diseases might grow to epidemic proportions in the near future in South Africa.

Contact Diabetes S.A. Western Cape Branch at 021 425 4440 or email events@diabetessa.org.za to offer some support, or book your corporate wellness day.  Help further their very important work of saving  lives and preventing diabetes.

Show your support this National Diabetes Month!

It’s National Diabetes Month – the perfect time to get involved in spreading diabetes awareness… Here are some great ways to get involved:

  • Join Sweet Life’s Facebook page, Diabetic South Africans, and meet other people living with diabetes: www.facebook.com/DiabeticSouthAfricans
  • Get informed by reading our community blog, commenting and asking your own questions: www.sweetlifemag.co.za/community
  • Check out Kids Powered by Insulin for parents of diabetic children: www.facebook.com/groups/Kidspoweredbyinsulin/
  • Join a local support group.
  • Speak about diabetes – and what it’s like to live with it every day – to your friends and family. Diabetes education can start at home.
  • Get involved with Denim for Diabetes, run by Diabetes SA. During November, businesses can hold a Denim Day to help create awareness of diabetes. It’s as simple as hosting a casual day where staff pay R10 and wear denims in support of diabetes awareness.

Diabetes events5 steps to starting your own support group:

If you don’t have a support group in your area and you want to start one, here’s what you need to do!

1. Spread the word: tell everyone you know with diabetes in your area, post on our Facebook page and blog, and put up notices in the community and even in the local newspaper.

2. Find a suitable space that you can hold the meetings (for free).

3. Find a diabetes educator or a clinic sister who can be at each meeting to answer questions.

4. Get some diabetic-friendly snacks and free Sweet Life magazines (let us know and we’ll send them!)

5. Meet once a month to support each another.

And finally, educate others too! Sometimes getting involved is as easy as being honest about diabetes.