Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Sub-Saharan African Centre for Chronic Diseases; Department of Health, Provincial Government of the Western Cape (South Africa)
Naomi Levitt; Krisela Steyn; Merrick Zwarenstein; Stephen Rollnick
Location of the project:
Cape Town, South Africa
April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2012
The Western Cape, South Africa has a large number of people living with diabetes and this number is predicted to increase substantially over the next few years. The majority of people with diabetes are looked after by nurses in the public sector at health centres and clinics. The quality of care is generally poor and education is performed in an ad hoc and unpredictable manner. This project intends to evaluate a structured group educational programme, supported by appropriate educational materials and delivered by health promoters who have been trained in better communication (motivational interviewing). This approach has never been evaluated in our context and if effective can be implemented widely.
Results to date:
- Semi annual Global Health Initiative Steering Committee, October 2011, USA
- 21st World Diabetes Congress, December 2011, Dubai
- South African National Family Practitioners Conference 2013
- BMC Family Practice 2012, "Effectiveness of a group diabetes education programme in underserved communities in South Africa: pragmatic cluster randomized control trial" 
- African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine "The ability of health promoters to deliver group diabetes education in South African primary care" 
*Project completed April 2012
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.