Peer-led and Telehealth Interventions for Diabetes Prevention in Maracaibo, Venezuela (LT10-342)

Main Institution: 

Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo (Venezuela)

Principal Investigator:


Oher Investigators:

H.Florez; V.Stepenka; E.Ryder

Location of the project:

Maracaibo (Venezuela)

Amount allocated:

USD 340, 058


September 30, 2011 - January 31, 2016


Best practices for prevention of diabetes are known but not fully implemented in community settings of developing countries. Venezuela has a high prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease and is undergoing profound socio-economic changes that may increase the burden of these diseases.

We propose using feasible and cost-effective peer-led interventions, enhanced by a telehealth social network, to further expand the successful pilot experience of Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) implementation in Maracaibo, Venezuela. These interventions, implemented in a culturally-sensitive way are expected to have multiplicative effects in the community and public health settings in Venezuela and other Latin American countries.

19th Congreso Venezolano de Medicina Interna, Caracas (Venezuela), May 2013

Social construction about diabetes and prediabetes in persons that attend a healthcare center in Maracaibo-Venezuela" Revista Internacional de Salud, Bienestar y Sociedad 1(2):59-70



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.