Convivencias: a low-cost model for holistic diabetes education

The objective of holiday camps for children and adolescents with diabetes is to create an environment in which they can learn to embrace their condition and its treatment. Achieving and maintaining good blood glucose control is a key aim; the camps provide excellent opportunities for young people to learn and practise diabetes skills and become familiar with the latest techniques. In this article, Manuel Vera González and Teresa Argüelles Hernández describe the theoretical and practical aspects of ‘convivencias’, non-residential diabetes camps that have been successfully staged in Cuba, despite limited resources, for over a decade. It is hoped that this report might provide a model for organizations wishing to establish similar programmes in developing countries.
camps for children, holistic approach, group activities, learning