What we do
We are medical professionals based in the Departments of Medicine of three tertiary institutions in the southwest of Nigeria, namely Olabisi Onabanjo University, University College Hospital Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
The SIDCAIN team commenced activities in Ogun State (WDF Project 08-321) on November 1st, 2008. Recently, we obtained approval to carry out similar activities in Oyo State (WDF Project 10-515) commencing in October 2010. We promote improved diabetes (and hypertension) care in our hospitals, thereby preventing or delaying the onset of complications.
Till date, we have been able to:
1 Organize Capacity building Program: At the end of a training program organized by our team across Ogun State between April-August 2009, 377 and 176 healthcare workers attended the general (5days) and the 3days advanced training program in diabetes and hypertension care respectively. This consist of 88 doctors, 297 nurses, 54 laboratory scientists, 44 pharmacists among others.
2 Provision of Free Treatment Manual: We developed diabetes and hypertension treatment guidelines and protocol for use by healthcare providers, along international standards for use in the states. These were distributed freely to the state health workers by the Honourable Commissioner for Health in Ogun State (Dr Isiaq Kunle Salako), on June 10th, 2010.
3 Established Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Clinics: We collaborated with the Ministry of Health, Ogun State to establish 25 NCD clinics across the State. An NCD starter-pack was given to each of the 25 selected general hospitals (at least one per local government) to support the newly established non communicable disease clinics. This include glucose monitoring machines with free test strips, weighing scale, stethoscope, digital blood pressure monitoring machine, and locally developed educational posters and fliers (English and Yoruba language). The SIDCAIN team has been encouraging and supporting the established Non Communicable Disease Clinics to organise quarterly diabetes and hypertension awareness creation / screening activities in all the 25 selected general hospitals across the State. Each hospital is supported to organize an activity per quarter to serve as awareness, screening or educational campaign.
We plan to facilitate the establishment of at least 33 NCD Clinics in all the local governments of Oyo State between October 2010-September 2013
4 Public Awareness / Screening Campaign: We directly organize and coordinate sustained diabetes and hypertension awareness creation and screening activities in secondary and tertiary institutions, paramilitary agencies, NYSC camps, Media organizations, Government agencies etc.