Talabi Diabetes Center is a not-for-profit organization established in 2005 by the Olumuyiwa Talabi Family of Isara in the Remo North Local Government area of Ogun State of Nigeria in collaboration with the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Shagamu (both institutions of the Ogun State Government). This collaboration had since been concluded in 2017 with the signing of the MoU by accredited representatives of the collaborators.
To enhance its major interest-the grassroots, the Center works in close collaboration with the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission and the Ogun State Chapter of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria. The Ogun State Government, through its Ministry of Health, have been very supportive of the Center over the years.
The Center is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission; its Registration No is: RC 706145. It is a registered member of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria. The Center won the Association’s 2011 Most Active Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Award.
The Center’s purpose built Clinical Complex at Isara was commissioned on March 11th, 2010 and opened immediately thereafter to the public. The Center believes that diabetes is not a death knell; hence it is dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live a normal, productive and fulfilled life. To this end, CARE, AWARENESS CREATION and EDUCATION are paramount to the Center. Attendance at the Clinic has been remarkable.
Being a primary care level Center, the Center has put in place a smooth referral system for its patients needing higher levels of healthcare. Its Drug Revolving Fund has been of tremendous financial assistance to its patients.
The Center firmly believes that when you change a woman’s life, you change the life of a whole family and that of the community. To this end, it is always looking for the opportunity to meaningfully engage women in diabetes matters. This informed its consultative meeting with the ‘oloris’--wives of the traditional rulers of the towns and communities of Remo North Local Government Area in 2015
Our dream and focus is to make a difference in the fight against diabetes starting the combat at the grassroots. Hence, the Centre’s programs are basically primary healthcare oriented.
In furtherance of one of its objectives- acquisition of up-to-date how-to-skills of diabetes prevention and management for persons with diabetes, the health care providers and the community at large, the Centre applied for and got a World Diabetes Federation co-funding grant to execute its project titled: Enhancing Diabetes Education and Care in Ogun State - this is a fall-out from its scheduled Update Training Program. (for more details, click on REPORTS)
The Center has also been involved in educating school children about Diabetes, Hypertension and general healthy lifestyle practices through the establishment of School Health Clubs and Inter-School debates.
The Centre is in a collaborative agreement with the Deseret Community Vision Institute, Ilisan by which its patients are attended to at the Isara clinical complex by Ophthalmologists from the Institute.
From inception the Centre has been involved in World Diabetes Day activities and had presented Abstracts at a couple of World Diabetes Congresses. (for more details, click the link on Our Journey So Far)
The day to day activities of the Center at its clinical facility is overseen by a Community Health Officer, with the assistance of two Community Health Extension Workers; a Laboratory Technologist and a Clerical Officer. A part-time Diabetes Health Professional, who doubles as Consultant to the Center, coordinates the overall activities of the Center and holds his weekly clinical consultation at the facility. He is responsible to the Donor of the Center, who is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Olabisi Onabanjo University, “The Project”, known and referred to as the: Talabi Diabetes Center, Olabisi Onabanjo University was established. This makes the Center a health education training and research extension of the Olabisi Onabanjo University and a Diabetes Primary Health Center facility for support by the Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences.
“The Project” has a 7-member Board of Trustees, made up of: