Project HOPE empowers health care workers and communities to effectively prevent, detect, manage, and treat diabetes.
Every six seconds, a person dies due to diabetes complications, and yet the majority of these deaths are preventable. In 20 years, one tenth of the world’s population is expected to have diabetes.
Project HOPE is fighting the global health challenge of diabetes by building local capacity for preventive and early detection services, improving disease management among patients and providers, and increasing access to quality diabetes care. For over 20 years, we have collaborated with ministries of health and local partners in countries where we work to help implement effective diabetes programming and policies.
Our key approaches include:
- Training health care workers and diabetes educators, both in-person and through innovative online distance platforms.
- Implementing evidence-based patient self-management education, involving both patients and providers, to improve treatment adherence and promote behavioral changes.
- Increasing early detection among people who have or are at-risk of developing diabetes through community screenings and providing referrals for care.
- Raising awareness among family members and communities on diabetes and healthy behaviors to help prevent and manage the disease.
- Reaching high-risk populations, including school children and women with gestational diabetes, with tailored programming.
HOPE’s diabetes programs demonstrate strong results, including reductions in patient Hba1c levels and Body Mass Index.
Project HOPE’s 5 Steps to Self-Care course successfully improved health outcomes and diabetes knowledge among people living with diabetes in the UAE. This study proves that a well-designed, patient self-management education program can change behaviors and clinical outcomes of persons living with diabetes.