The Diabetes Association of Dominica held its Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 10, 2022.
The Dominica Diabetes Association (DOMDA Inc) is a group of people who share a common interest in improving the quality of life for all Dominicans, including people living with diabetes and its complications. DOMDA works island-wide and represents Dominica internationally on all diabetes-related issues. The association maintains excellent relations with the Ministry of Health and a strategic approach and prevention and care programs are selected and implemented in close collaboration.
Over the years, the association has organized many activities aimed at educating the public about diabetes.
Nurse Rebecca Eusebe is the first vice president of the Dominica Diabetes Association. She presented the President’s report on behalf of Ms Marvlyn Birmingham who was unable to attend the event.
“Despite these setbacks, the association has undertaken a number of educational and information activities using social networks and in particular the zoom conference platform. The community outreach program titled “Adopt Health Habits Campaign – Phase 1” aimed to encourage and increase consumption of water and fruit instead of sugary drinks and high sugar foods through the Water Wednesday, Frui Friday campaign said Nurse Eusebe.
Nurse Eusebe says that during the first quarter of 2020, activities continued in primary and nursery schools in the Grand Baie health district. She says to further aid the diabetes effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Health Ministry led by Ms. Priscilla Prevost has become an important partner.
“In February 2020, the two organizations collaborated and organized a three-day seminar called Reversing Diabetes. Later that year, the organization was again delighted to partner with the Adventist Health Ministry to carry out activities marking Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day,” he said. -she explains.
In March 2020, the Association received diabetes care products from a non-governmental organization “Insulin for Life USA”. She talked about the activities that were done for World Diabetes Month in November.
“The two pallets of supplies included insulin syringes, pen needles, lancets, lancing devices, alcohol swabs, sharps, containers and glucometers. Supplies were then distributed to the various health districts November 2020 as part of Diabetes Awareness Month celebration activities. November has been generally designated as Diabetes Awareness Month and a number of activities have been implemented to coincide with the celebration of World Diabetes Awareness Day. diabetes on November 14. Diabetes Awareness Month was built around the theme ‘Diabetes and the Nurse; Nurses Making A Difference’ and included radio talks, diabetes infomercials for radio and social media and an educational forum targeting healthcare staff,” explained nurse Eusebe.
The annual general meeting took place under the theme “DOMDA and diabetes… Reinventing the future”.