A national fundraising campaign to deliver vital diabetes supplies to hospitals and other care sites in Sierra Leone has been launched.
The Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) Forum UK team is hoping to raise £5,000 so they can send a delivery of ‘life-changing’ diabetes resources to the West African country.
Money raised will go towards delivering footcare dressings, test strips, needles, insulin, blood glucose meters and monofilaments to detect neuropathy to Sierra Leone.
Working with the charity Help Madina, the DSN Forum has organised a healthcare worker visit to Sierra Leone next year to educate the local staff on new diabetes treatments.
Transpetrol Foundation will fund the visit to Sierra Leone next year, but the inpatient nursing group wants to go one step further and provide the teams they are educating with essential diabetes resources.
There is huge concern and fear within the local community in Sierra Leone about diabetes and there is lots of misinformation, with some even believing that diabetes is caused by witchcraft.
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