Mark your calendars! November 14, 2018 is World Diabetes Day, a day set aside to raise awareness of this debilitating and life-threatening condition. Healthy Villages, Inc. is organizing a medical mission centered around diabetes detection, treatment, and prevention, taking place from November 3-15. This will be a general medical mission for all ages, male and female. Our hope is to test all adults’ blood sugar and provide all with elevated blood sugar with enough medication to last them until they can connect with their nearest health clinic for management of their illness.
In our population of patients, high blood sugar and high blood pressure seem to go hand in hand – together they’re truly a silent killer. Most people are unaware they have these conditions. Getting regular medical care is a challenge for poor people living in rural or remote areas, and many people would rather not know the diagnosis because they believe they have no way to treat it. Our Ghana-based medical staff will help them get on Ghana’s national health care and make a referral to a clinic where they can be further assessed and treated for both of these dangerous conditions.
Another diabetes-related issue concerns nutrition awareness. The normal diet here in Ghana is centered around large amounts of carbohydrates and little protein. Additionally, heavy drinking particularly amongst men contributes to carbohydrate overload (not to mention damage to the pancreas). Meeting the patient where they’re at and encouraging small, step by step changes is so important to long-term diabetes treatment.
Interested in joining us for this mission? Your knowledge and expertise is needed! Please go to the following link for information on the mission, travel, and costs:
Support the work of Healthy Villages, Inc. by purchasing one of these awesome scrubs tops, made in Ghana from Ghanaian batik fabric! Profits go to Healthy Villages, Inc., to buy medications for our missions! (available in five beautiful colors!)