Since its inception in 2005, The Center, in collaboration with the Diabetes Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, had been celebrating the World Diabetes Day (WDD) in accordance with WDD's themes.
Efforts were always made to include school pupils in the Center's programs. Tertiary, medical as well as nursing/midwifery students were always invited to participate in these events. The Center is gradually building up a data bank from these exercises for future research exercises.
The Center in collaboration with the Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Shagamu, organized and successfully undertook a 2-day Up-date Course on: Modern Management of Diabetes and Its Complications. The well-attended program, which was held in the Auditorium of the College of Health Sciences in Shagamu, opened with a guest lecture titled: Diabetes and the Disadvantaged and Vulnerable.
The Center, represented by the Donor family and the Center Coordinator, participated in the 18th IDF Congress held in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Center embarked on awareness campaign and market screening in conjunction with the Ogun State Chapter of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria and the Medical students of OlabisiOnabanjo University Teaching Hospital.
The Center's Clinical Complex was commissioned in March by the State's Executive Governor.
To celebrate the year's World Diabetes Day (WDD), the Center undertook extensive market campaigns, airing of diabetes educational radio jingles in Yoruba, and distribution of diabetes educational leaflets in the Local Government Areas of the State. These activities were put together by the Center's WDD Planning Committee made up of representatives of the Center, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Diabetes Association of Nigeria (Ogun State Branch), Ogun State Ministry of Health and Remo North Local Government.
The Center's abstract titled Reaching the Community with Diabetes Health Services At The Grassroots was presented at the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai. Key personnel from the Center attended the Congress to update their knowledge and network with other like-minded organizations.
The 1st in the series of Up-date Courses on Diabetes & Hypertension for Primary Health Care Workers was held at the Center's Clinical Complex at Isara.
The World Diabetes Day (WDD) Walk was held in Abeokuta, the State Capital. The Walk was preceded by visits to 5 major markets across the State to sensitize and screen willing participants for Diabetes and Hypertension.
On November 14, which was the WDD, the Honourable Commissioner of Health, Ogun State Dr.Olaokun Soyinka delivered a public lecture at the Center titled:
Diabetes Care in Nigeria; Any useful lesson from Ogun State? At the same event, the Center's School Health Clubs were inaugurated.
The 2nd in the series of Up-date Courses on Diabetes & Hypertension for Primary Health Care Workers was held in the State capital, Abeokuta. This was followed by the WDD activity at the Center where a dietician addressed the generality of our patients and the populace on good dietary practices.
The Center's community outreaches were further strengthened within the Remo North Local Government where the Clinical Complex is sited.
The year ended with the Center presenting at the World Diabetes Congress held in Melbourne, an abstract titled
Collaborative Diabetes Care Services:The Talabi Diabetes Center Experience in Primary Care.
The Center's activities for the year was kick started with further community outreaches. The 3rd in the series of Up-date Courses on Diabetes & Hypertension for Primary Health Care Workers took place at Ijebu-Ode.
The Coordinator gave a lecture at the Launch of the ‘Ogun State Schools Health Cadets’ in May 2015. The Ogun State Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Diabetes Online Community jointly organized the programme.OUTREACH & ACTIVITIES
Advocacy Visits were conducted on monthly basis to the kings, Community Heads and Leaders of some towns and Communities of the State for advanced notification and mobilization in readiness for Outreach Programs.
Outreach activities were conducted in 6 towns / Communities within Remo North, Ikenne Local Government and Ijebu North Local Governmentsof the State between the months of January and June, 2015. During the Outreach activities about 205 individuals were screened for Diabetes and Hypertension. Among thosescreened 50 were referred to Talabi Diabetes Centre for further care.
The Center's abstract, titled 'Educating the Primary Healthcare Worker on Diabetes Care in Nigeria - The Talabi Diabetes Centre Experience' submitted to the International Diabetes Federation was accepted for poster presentation during the December 2015 World Diabetes Congress held in Vancouver, Canada.
The Center continues with its Outreach exercises and outpatient consultations at its Clinical Complex.
Through its programed Update Courses on Diabetes for primary healthcare workers, TDC, in conjunction with the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission has been gradually building the capacity of primary healthcare workers of the State to enable them give enhanced care to individuals living with diabetes in their communities. To consolidate the gains of this program, TDC applied for and got a World Diabetes Foundation [(WDF) www.worlddiabetesfoundation.org] co-funding grant to undertake a 2-year project, (2016 to 2018) titled: Enhancing Diabetes Education and Care in Ogun State-WDF-1527 , in collaboration with the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission. Read More