Empowerment and self-management

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Awareness and education in Egypt: the DELTA project

Egypt and some of the Gulf countries have among the highest prevalence rates of diabetes in the world, notably Type 2 diabetes. Changes in socio-economic patterns, relatively rapid urbanization, and a 'fast-food culture' are taking their toll. In Egypt and the Gulf region, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is now a major health problem, and high blood cholesterol levels and hypertension are recognized as 'silent killers'. However, there is relatively little awareness of the serious threat to health presented by diabetes, or its role in causing CVD.

Diabetes education and empowerment: a role for youth

In 1996, American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA) was set up by two teenagers after they had witnessed the economic and emotional hardships faced by José Gabriel and other young people living with diabetes in Latin America.They envisioned a youth-led organization that would educate young people with diabetes about diabetes issues, and help empower them to work effectively for positive change. AYUDA is now a growing organization, which campaigns to raise diabetes awareness and promote sustainable development for diabetes communities throughout the world.

Mountains, inspiration and conquering diabetes

"Some things are quite beyond the reach of the imagination. When Jerry Gore describes life clinging to a 1500 m cliff in sub-zero temperatures in one of the remotest corners of the earth, the mind struggles to conjure up the image." So began the motivational presentations to business of the mountaineer, Jerry Gore. However, despite many years' experience overcoming extreme and challenging conditions in the mountains, when Jerry, aged 40 years, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he felt as if one of his life-lines had been severed.

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