Fifty-four children from Kisii County and its environs have received specialized training courtesy of the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre (DMI) and Safaricom Foundation.
The children aged between two and 18 years were accompanied by their parents and guardians for the three-day training held at Ufanisi Resort. The training was offered in a bid to reduce the information gap about diabetes in the community.
(TOP: A volunteer performs a dental checkup during a previous Safaricom Foundation health camp).
“It is alarming that there are 172 cases of diabetes in children being treated each month at the Kisii Training and Referral Hospital. It is more shocking that there are two to three new cases diagnosed each month. That is why this partnership is important as we are able to reach those in marginalized areas who lack access to these crucial services. Health is one of our main areas of focus as a foundation,” said Linda Ogunde, Regional Coordinator, Safaricom.
This is part of Safaricom Foundation’s Kshs 26.6 million grant towards various medical camps that will be held across the country in the coming months.
“Many of the trainees here today are cases that have only recently been diagnosed. This training will help the children and their parents to cope with the situation emotionally while giving them the skills to manage the condition and avoid complications. We picked this region to hold the camp due to the many cases of diabetes especially in children,” said Eva Muchemi, Executive Director, DMI.
DMI was founded 18 years ago and aims at educating the public about diabetes and how best to manage it. It was formed after concerns on the alarming increase of diabetes across the country.
Safaricom Foundation have partnered with DMI since 2001 and this is the seventh phase of the medical camps. Since inception, Safaricom Foundation has funded 119 adult and youth camps at a cost of Kshs 167.2 million with 299, 310 people benefiting.
Safaricom Foundation partners with Kenyan communities, organizations and institutions for various CSR initiatives and activities. With a footprint in all of Kenya’s 47 counties, and partnerships dating back to 2003, the Foundation has worked to implement over 1,000 community projects, impacting over 3 million people, in thematic areas of Health, Education, Environmental Conservation, Economic Empowerment, Water, Disaster Relief, and Arts & Culture.
The participation of Safaricom staff in the projects extends the firm’s personalized approach towards partnerships; while its project monitoring and dissemination forms provide platforms for technical assistance, learning and capacity building.