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International Diabetes Federation grant supports Jordanian diabetes micro-clinic project
Date:5/29/2008

Over 250 million people worldwide live with diabetes, many in the Middle East. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) BRIDGES translational research grant program is implementing and evaluating community programs to reverse the diabetes epidemic by supporting a diabetes awareness and prevention project in Jordan.

The Jordan Diabetes Micro-Clinic project is part of the Global Micro-Clinic Project, a program that seeks to empower people to prevent and manage diseases in economically disadvantaged and conflict-afflicted areas of the world. The project seeks to provide people with diabetes with health education opportunities and practical experience through workshops and social support groups or micro clinics. Through the Micro-Clinics, people with diabetes can collectively maintain and share access to diabetes management and education.

In Jordan the picture of diabetes is as alarming as the rest of the region. Currently, 9.8% percent of the population lives with diabetes and this number is expected to rise to 11.5% within 20 years. According to the International Diabetes Federation, of the Top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes, five are in the Middle East. In the United Arab Emirates, 19.5% of the population is affected by diabetes; in Saudi Arabia, it is 16.7%; In Bahrain 15.2%, in Kuwait 14.4% and in Oman 13.1%. By 2025, the 380 million people will live with diabetes worldwide and these five countries will remain in the top ten.[1]

The Jordanian Micro-clinic project has been designed to reverse this growing epidemic. The project team will work through the Jordanian Ministry of Health and health centres in the cities of Irbid, Ajloun and Karak, as well as in the rural areas and refugee camps in surrounding areas. The project has already successfully been piloted in 300 micro-clinics in Amman. Micro-clinics are formed through existing social networks where members share equipment, information and medical resou
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Contact: Kerrita McClaughlyn
media@idf.org
32-487-530-625
International Diabetes Federation
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