Diabetes Care On Wheels To Rural Communities

diabetes care on wheels

The Need by Dr Mike Gosling

Our poor, disadvantaged, and needy people in Fiji need hope, love, and service more than ever. FijiLIFE Foundation is an Australian Registered DGR Charity founded in 2021 to bring better living better life to Fijians.

April 15, 2023

Free diabetes care and education to remote rural communities that lack access to diabetes screening and treatment


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Fund Raising Goal

FijiLIFE Foundation will team up with the Fijian Government Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Diabetes Fiji Inc to initiate the “Diabetes Care On Wheels” (DCW) project.

Typically the population does not access healthcare for diabetes unless they face an emergency, such as, fatique, frequent urination, or foot ulcers. It is common for people diagnosed with diabetes 10 years ago not taking medication or changing their diet.

Objective — The project seeks to prevent diabetes complications and hence reduce the cost of care in Fiji.

Main partners in the project are the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Diabetes Fiji Inc.

The goal of the project is to strengthen diabetes health care in the rural areas of Fiji where diabetes is highly prevalent and health facilities and human resources are scarce.

Diabetes Care on Wheels proposes to fund a Diabetes Mobile Clinic ‘medivan’ staffed by a diabetes trained qualified nurse practitioner, a diabetes educator, and a driver to bring a blood lab to rural locations offering diabetes blood screenings and education.

The Diabetes nurse practitioner will conduct regular blood tests for diabetic patients in the mobile clinic vehicle to areas that lack public transportation to medical centres or hospitals. 

These test will help us understand how in control or out of control the rural population’s diabetes may be and advise treatment decisions on the spot rather than waiting for lab decisions to return a week later.
One of the biggest obstacles will be people saying, “I don’t need testing,” but by showing up consistently over time the Diabetes Care on Wheels ‘medivan’ will help to create conversations and build trusting relationships.

These mobile clinic tests not only will reduce visits to hospital emergency departments for previously undiagnosed people, they will also allow diagnosed people who hadn’t followed through with their treatment return to care and avoid complications resulting from uncontrolled diabetes, including amputations and possible death.

The Diabetes Educator will provide education seminars and videos designed to provide comprehensive, outcome-oriented education for diabetes detection and prevention in rural settings. The primary goal of these seminars is to enhance patients’ and family members’ ability to achieve self-care in the home setting through sequential learning on changes in diet, foot care, taking medication, and fact sheet resources distribution.

Let’s work to help improve the health of rural individuals, families and communities through actions aimed at reducing the rate and incidence of diabetes among these at risk populations.

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Expected Results
— Mobile unit with diabetes care facilities operational
— Nurse practitioner and diabetes educator trained in health delivery
— Thousands of people with diabetes in rural locations screened and benefiting from better access to diabetes care

‘Diabetes Care On Wheels’ Medivan Community Based Health Initiative

Please show your support for the health of needy people in rural parts of Fiji suffering with diabetes.

Your gift today will help provide the best possible high-quality health care by qualified staff in a mobile ‘medivan’.

All gifts over $2 are tax deductible in Australia.

Help create a better future for sufferers of diabetes to keep blood sugar levels controlled because it can cause serious health problems — including kidney disease, heart problems, skin problems and limb amputations.

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Help FijiLIFE Diabetes Care On Wheels ‘Medivan’ with a tax-deductible gift so you can make the biggest impact possible!

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