Implementation of a culture sensitive peer/lay diabetes education program for adults with type 2 diabetes in six english speaking Caribbean countries by 2014 (ST12-035)

Main institution:
Diabetes Association of Jamaica

Other institutions:
University of Technology (Jamaica); Pan American Health Organisation; University of West Indies; Regional Diabetes Associations; Ministries of Health

Principal investigator:
Errol Morrison

Other investigators:
Shelly McFarlane; Cliff Riley; Novie Younger

Location of the project:
Jamaica, Grenada, Antigua, Belize, St Lucia, Barbados

Amount allocated:
USD 64.606

 May 1, 2013 - February 1, 2015


Diabetes is the 3rd leading cause of death in the Caribbean. This is further compounded by high rates of net migration of health care professionals in the region, particularly nurses. Training of nurses to provide diabetes education in primary care has not been sustainable. Diabetes Education plays an integral role in diabetes management therefore the lack of it may contribute to poor management and high occurrences of complications. The study is aimed at evaluating existing lay diabetes education curricula to ascertain if it meets the needs of peer/lay educators as a culturally specific tool unique to each participating Caribbean countries.

World Diabetes Congress, Melbourne (Australia), December 2013
World Diabetes Congress, Vancouver (Canada), December 2015 (2 posters)

"Education to change the course of diabetes in the Carribean" Diabetes Voice, June 2014

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.