Diabetes Association of Barbados


Organizational Information

Jessamine Cot,Corner of Jessamine avenue
Beckles road
14025 St Michael

Membership Information

Founded in 1975

801 Members in 2016


2 employees and 50 volunteers

Member of IDF since 1994



The Diabetes Association of Barbados was founded in in April 1975 by Mr. John Grace, Mr. Hugh Mapp, the Late Mrs. Dorothy Talma-Monteil, Mr. Don Norville and Mr. Wilfred Ferguson, because they recognized that literature was available for free distribution, but persons suffering with Diabetes were not receiving the necessary attention or guidance for their illness.

The Headquarters of the Association is "Jessamine Cot", Corner of Jessamine avenue, Beckles road, St Michael, Barbados. The association has ten regions across Barbados (Northern, Northeastern, West Central, Western, Southern, Eastern, Central, Gall Hill, Glebe and one for Juniors); three support groups - adult, youth and parents/guardians. These regions and groups hold outreach and social activities and have monthly meetings where a variety of  topics are discussed by healthcare and non-healthcare professionals on diabetes and other life related matters.
Mission Statement: To improve the quality of life for persons living with diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes through up-to-date education, good self-management and control of their condition.



Main Focus

  • to promote interest in the causes and management of diabetes;
  • to assist persons with diabetes in managing their condition;
  • to disseminate information and to encourage preventative education on diabetes, diabetes related complications and other Chronic Non Communicable Diseases;
  • to establish and maintain research activities in these conditions, to collect and make available information relating to the incidence and treatment of diabetes and to investigate the conditions under which diabetes occurs;
  • to accept subscriptions, donations, real or personal estate devises and bequests for all or any of the purposes aforesaid;
  • to promote and organise cooperation in the achievement of the above purposes and, to that end bring to membership representatives of organisations engaged in the furtherance of the above;




The association is organising monthly activities such as walk, open day, ballroom show, church service.

Market Day
The Association has a monthly market day where fruits and vegetables are on sale.
Health Education and Screening Programmes:  
Counselling service, outreach activities, BG, HbA1c, cholesterol, BP, weight, BMI etc.  They received a donation of a Mobile Unit from Republic Bank (Barbados) Ltd to be used in our Community Outreach programme.
Diabetes Education program utilizing Conversation Maps
Adopt-A-Child with Diabetes Program


Young Leaders in Diabetes

Krystal represents the Barbados Diabetes Association in the Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme (YLD).

Read more about her and about the YLD programme here

Publications & Newsletters

Download DAB Annual Report for the year (2012)

Barbados Diabetes  Guide – Vol 2



Message from the President

Ms Noreen Merritt "As a member of IDF, we recognize and acknowledge IDF’s role as the umbrella organization  working  together with  member Diabetes Organizations with shared goals and objectives.  In their leadership position formally coordinating activities, providing advocacy, support  and  resources, enabling increased public awareness; empowering people with diabetes, especially the youth.   Leading the way in providing guideline for diabetes management worldwide.  

Our membership in IDF and our participation in the World Diabetes Congress gives us opportunities to learn from other communities and national diabetes organizations, in order to positively impact and enhance the lives of people with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes with our prevention and management education programs".


Barbados country information


IDF Members in NAC