Maine Medical Centre, USA
Justinian University Hospital, Haiti
Konbit Santé, Haiti
Nate Nickerson; Michel Pierre; Philippe Larco; Nancy Charles-Larco; Nananda Col
Location of the project:
Cap Haitien, Haiti
June 1, 2010 - June 30, 2012
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with the lowest government expenditures on health care. Although prevalence data are few, hypertension is reported in greater than two-thirds of adults over age 40. Poverty, lack of education, political instability, and lack of resources all contribute to an excess burden of chronic illness. We propose to develop a diabetes treatment program which will deliver the three most cost effective interventions in developing countries: glycemic control in poorly controlled patients, blood pressure control, and foot care in high-risk individuals. Culturally appropriate educational materials will be developed and made widely available to the community.
Results to date (November 2012):
- Diabetes Voice, June 2011 "Sharing hope and improving care: Haiti builds for a brighter future" 
- World Diabetes Congress, Dubai, December 2011
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.