Diabetes Association of Jamaica
University of Technology (Jamaica); Pan American Health Organisation; University of West Indies; Regional Diabetes Associations; Ministries of Health
Shelly McFarlane; Cliff Riley; Novie Younger
Location of the project:
Jamaica, Grenada, Antigua, Belize, St Lucia, Barbados
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
"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.