Mobile Phone Diabetes Self-Management Support: a multi-country analysis of its implementation in existing Diabetes Self-Management Education Programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia and the Philippines (LT10-341)

Main Institution:

Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium)

Other Institutions:

Memisa (Democratic Republic of Congo); MoPoTsyo (Cambodia); Veterans Memorial Medical Center (Philippines)

Principal Investigators:

G.Kegels; J.C Kalobu; M.van Pelt; G.M Ku

Other investigators:

W.Van Damme; K.Van Acker; J.van Olmen; B.Villaraza; D.Dubourg

Locations of the project:

Kinshasa (DRC); Takeo, Banteay, Meanchey, Kompong Speu and Kompong Thom (Cambodia); Quezon City, City of Batac, Pagudpud (Philippines)

Amount allocated:

USD 380,265


October 1, 2011 - October 1, 2015


This project examines if the use of mobile phone communication between people with diabetes and their health care givers improves existing diabetes self-management programmes in Congo, Cambodia and the Philippines. Mobile phones will be given to people to enable them to call for support. They will receive messages and calls about behaviour change and results and reminders to appointments and taking of medication. The effects of the intervention on health outcomes, access to treatment and enablement of people living with diabetes will be evaluated for each country and the differences in effect between countries will be analysed.

Results to date

2nd Global symposium on health systems research, Beijing (China), November 2012
Joint Uniting Streams - NVTG Symposium, Amsterdam (Netherlands), October 16, 2013
World Diabetes Congress, Melbourne (Australia), December 2013
3rd Global symposium on health systems research, Cape Town (South Africa), October 2014

"The effectiveness of text messages support for diabetes self-management: protocol of the TEXT4DSM study in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia and the Phillipines" BMC Public Health, May 2013

"Motivating better diabetes self-care with SMS text messaging" Diabetes Voice, June 2014

"Contents, participant and outcomes of three diabetes care programmes in three low and middle income countries" Primary Care Diabetes (2014)

"Process evaluation of a mobile intervention for people with diabetes in low income countries - The implementation of TEXT4DSM study" J Telemed Telecare (2015)

BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme initiated by the International Diabetes Federation, and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.