Many people suffer with Diabetics in Rural areas of Kenya who cannot afford (i) medication (ii) Blood Glucose Meter and Strips and (iii) to manage their Diabetes on a daily basis. Some of them have to walk far distances to get their sugars tested (once a week). With poor glycemic control and infrequent monitoring leads to long term irreversible complications such as:- Heart Disease, Kidney Failure, Loss of Eyesight, Neuropathy, Foot Amputations (these are high) etc.
Although most Pharma companies provide FREE Blood Glucose Meters, the Diabetics find it hard to find / purchase strips due to the price / availability. They earn an average wage of 7000-11,000 KES (£52-£83) per month. They have families to look after and therefore are forced to neglect their own health due to financial constraints.
Specialist Doctors and Nurses are working with us to identify genuine cases of Diabetic sufferers in Rural areas through use of social workers as well as 1:1 consultations.
Through working with Specialist Doctors, we are looking to implement a sustainable and affordable model for Diabetic sufferers in Rural areas through provision of:- (i) yearly Doctors consultation (ii) 2 HBA1C tests (conducted every 6 months to determine Disease progression and to implement early intervention guidelines for disease control) and (iii) Blood Glucose Meter and Strips. The cost per patient will be 22,000 KES (£165 yearly cost - £13.75 monthly cost). This is a subsidized model which would have otherwise cost approx. 40,000 KES (£300) - due to expensive tests and high doctor’s fees, thus reducing costs by 55%.
Through this support none of the patients will be a lost to follow-up and we would be making a huge difference to their lives.
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Sep 30, 2016
Dear Arv, I hope this small amount is of assistance to the work you are doing as well as it being beneficial with those who require the service.Best wishes.
Sep 8, 2016
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