Project HOPE's work in India began in 2007 when we launched the four-year India Diabetes Educator Project, the first large-scale program to train health professionals in India in best practices for prevention and treatment of diabetes. More than 3,600 health professionals were trained through the program.
Building on the success of the India Diabetes Educator Project, Project HOPE launched a groundbreaking online diabetes education course in 2013.The India Diabetes Educator E-Learning Program (IDEEL) is packaged as a self-paced, online learning program, which is enhanced by a minimum 15-day clinical internship under the guidance of an endocrinologist and a diabetes educator. The program has been endorsed by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) for the second consecutive year. The IDEEL program aims to train 4,500 diabetes educators annually in India.
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Building on the success of the IDEEL program, Project HOPE is now training government-employed diabetes counselors from all eleven districts of the state of Maharshtra in effective ways to prevent and treat diabetes and hypertension. Project HOPE is also conducting a five-year program in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Haryana with the Public Health Foundation of India and Population Services International called Project UDAY (Uday means "dawn" or "sunrise" in Hindi). The UDAY program is training a variety of health care providers and community health workers in cost-effective methods to prevent and manage diabetes and hypertension.
Project HOPE is also working to improve health care capacity and quality in Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh by sending volunteer health professionals to train and mentor local nursing and other health professionals at two hospitals, the NRI Academy of Sciences and the ASRAM Medical College Hospital.
The 4th National NCD Summit 2016 was held in October in New Delhi. Project HOPE presented its continuum of care to treatment model Project UDAAN (United Dialogue and Action Against Noncommunicable Disorders).
It is inspiring to know the obstacles that some health care workers will scale to gain the knowledge required to help communities obtain better health.
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