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About World Diabetes Foundation

The World Diabetes Foundation is an independent trust dedicated to the prevention and treament of diabetes in the developing world.

From 2002 to 2016, the World Diabetes Foundation has funded 486 partnership projects in 115 countries, focusing on awareness, education and capacity building at the local, regional and global level.

For more information, please visit worlddiabetesfoundation.org.

Through the purchase of runner shirts at the 5K@IDF Abu Dhabi edition, 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit the World Diabetes Foundation Rwanda Project.


Rwanda Project 2017

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The World Diabetes Foundation's 2017 fundraiser project will raise general awareness and improve care for young people with type 1 diabetes in Rwanda by activating a powerful force - the country's youth, including girl scouts.

Rwanda remains on the OECD's list of least developed countries, and non-communicable diseases are a growing threat. An estimated 360,000 Rwandans have type 2 diabetes, yet only a fraction receive care. Awareness of diabetes, its causes and complications is limited. Funding and equipment for more than 1,400 young Rwandans with type 1 diabetes are in short supply.

WDF Fundraiser objective:
Support Rwandan youth with type 1 diabetes, and improve awareness and prevention of type 2 diabetes across the country.

WDF Local Partners:
Association des Guides du Rwanda (AGR)
The Rwanda Diabetes Association (RDA)

Approach:
The project will be implemented over a 2-year period (2017-18), and will have two main goals:

  1. Improve prevention and awareness of type 2 diabetes and its risk factors in 14 districts
  2. Improve diabetes self-care and well-being of children and youth with type 1 diabetes

To achieve the first goal, RDA and AGR will recruit and train a total of 42 youth volunteers from 14 district cities. Working in teams of three, they will then design and run local prevention and awareness campaigns targeting 70 schools nationwide. These campaigns will culminate with a competition, and the most successful campaign will be identified.

To achieve the second goal, the project will equip RWA mobile clinics with 2 Hba1c machines and reagents for testing 1400 young people with type 1 nationwide. The project will also fund two summer camps over two years reaching 100 young people each (200 in total). Girl guides trained by the project will contribute to the camps with lessons about leadership, confidence etc.

The project deliverables include:

  • Diabetes prevention peer educator training for 42 young people (including 14 Girl Guides)
  • Diabetes prevention and awareness campaigns at 70 selected schools and youth centres in 14 districts
  • 2 diabetes camps for children and youth with type 1 diabetes, reaching 200 young people in total
  • Improved services (including training and Hba1c machines and reagents) for 1400 youth with type 1 diabetes

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