Objective: To reach 100,000 people for increasing diabetes awareness by 2012
This requires training a cadre of volunteer social health workers who can impart awareness about diabetes prevention and other related non-communicable diseases (hypertension, heart disease) and their management
DISHA is an acronym for Deerghayu’s Initiative for Social Health Awareness.
Level 1. Diabetes Prevention
Based on “Road to Health” training course developed by National Institute of Health
The toolkit uses posters, flipcharts for diabetes prevention
Traffic light analogy for diet control.
2. Living with Diabetes –aimed at diabetic patients
Unique course in Indian context based on the guidelines of ACP
The educator translates the kit in culture and language context. We are in the process of developing a set in Hindi and Gujarati in 2011.
What it is. How to avoid it –Diet, substituting fried food products for a healthy alternate, importance of regular blood pressure testing
Level 2 Contents of Level 1 PLUS
Signs and symptoms of diabetes, hypertension
Stress assessment, depression measurement module (being discussed with a US university)