Over 70 health
professionals attended a Training of Trainers Workshop on Saturday,
8th April, 2006 at the Conference Room of the NIC Building, in
preparation of the UHC Diabetes Pilot Project.
new protocol for the treatment of Diabetes was introduced to the
participants and will become the standard procedure at all medical
facilities in St Lucia. "The procedure we will use will be
administered in a quality assurance manner," stated Dr Stephen
King, Chief Medical Officer and a member of the UHC Taskforce. "The
wonderful thing about the protocol is that everyone will be speaking
the same language, and will be on the same page; we are all starting
at the same place and will be working towards the same goal", Dr
teams from every health region (St Lucia has eight health regions),
and every medical facility on the island will receive training in
the new protocol and these teams will return to their communities
and institutions to train their team members in the protocol, which
was developed in collaboration with the Caribbean Health Research
Council and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).
overall purpose of the Diabetes Pilot Project which is scheduled
to start in May 2006 and continue for a period of nine months
will provide free screening and treatment for all St Lucians with
Diabetes. The Government of St Lucia recently approved the funding
for the Pilot Project which is expected to cost approximately EC$3.1
million. According to local health officials, the earlier a patient
is diagnosed and treated for diabetes and hypertension, the better
it is to manage and prevent further medical complications.
Diabetes Pilot Project aims to successfully treat 70% of the population.
At present, barely 20% of the population of persons with diabetes
and hypertension receive the treatment they need and most do not
get treatment early enough.
is one of the main causes of mortality and morbidity and is the
leading cause of deaths in St Lucia. Hypertension is the fourth
leading cause of deaths. It is estimated that there are 8,000 persons
with diabetes in St Lucia and 20,000 persons with hypertension.