A-1: Aim of BRIDGES Research Net
Since its inception in 2008, BRIDGES has been financially supporting 38 projects in 34 countries (including 2 D-START projects). For more information, please visit www.idf.org/bridges
The aim of BRIDGES has always been to support projects which, if successful, can be easily replicated in other parts of the world. BRIDGES Research Net has been developed to facilitate this activity by selecting one successful intervention and sponsoring its dissemination.
For this round, the following intervention has been selected: “The Impact of Initiation of an Educational and Preventive Foot Care Center for Subjects with Diabetes in Alexandria, Egypt”.
The main objective of the intervention is to implement a Proper Foot Care for the Diabetic patients which will result in a significant reduction in the rate of lower extremity amputation. This intervention has been developed and implemented by Professor Samir Assaad Khalil from the University of Alexandria, Egypt.
The recipient(s) will be screened by BRIDGES Review Committee and selected by BRIDGES Executive Committee.
A-2: Who should apply?
IDF BRIDGES Research Net is dedicated to any organization, especially in Low and Middle Income Countries, which has an interest in diabetes foot care. Priority will be given to countries which have not implemented a diabetes foot care program nor have received training directly or indirectly by IDF on this issue in the last 5 years.
A-3: Amount available
A maximum of USD 20.000 per project will be allocated.
A-4: Role of the local authorities
The implication of the local authorities is crucial and will be one of the key elements which will be screened by the selection committee. Your application must clearly explain how the local authorities will be involved from the start of the project and how they will sustain it at the end of the funding period. Failure to provide detailed information will exclude your application.
Your application must contain a letter from each local authority which will be involved in the project clearly stating its role and implication during and after the project.
The local authority can be involved by:
- Providing a financial support equivalent to the support received by IDF
- Providing staff time, materials, rooms
The letter(s) should also explain how they will sustain the project in the long term.
Following the selection and before the signature of the sponsorship agreement, a 4 day workshop will take place in the city(ies) of the selected intervention. This workshop, leads by Professor Samir Assaad Khalil, will pave the way to efficiently initiate a centre for foot care.
Representatives of the selected projects at the workshop should include:
- Two to five diabetologists or endocrinologist or internists interested to perform such activities. They should be working in a clinic dealing with subjects with diabetes in at least half of their working time.
- Two to five nurses working in services/clinics dealing with subjects with diabetes. They should be interested to perform such activities. Also they should be allowed from their administration to continue in this field.
- Representatives of the local authorities.
Details of the workshop will be provided to selected applicants.
All the costs linked to the visit of the team of experts to join the workshop will be covered by IDF. Other costs (meeting room, lunches for participants….) must be covered by the applicants (either in your budget or covered by the local authorities).
A-6: Procedure to apply
The deadline to receive the full application form was October 22, 2013
The selection will take place in December 2013 and applicants will be informed soon after.
BRIDGES is an IDF program supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.