Diabetic Foot Care Project
The Diabetic Foot care programme begun in Tobago has grown involving other Rotary Clubs in the Caribbean, UK, Canada and America working with the IDF.
To date 14 programmes have been completed in the Caribbean culminating in Training the Trainers in June 2014. From 2015, Ledbury Rotary will step back and the IDF's International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot will be continuing with Train the Trainers in Europe and Africa. Ledbury Rotarians will still help Dr Kristien Van Acker in contacts with Rotarians and help with Rotary Foundation grants.
As a tribute to the work of Rotarian John Greedy and IDF's Dr Karel Bakker, Ledbury Rotary has produced a book giving an indication of background work involved. See the link below for the electronic book.
How many legs have we saved - countless - but we know for a fact that the level of amputations on the islands where our Diabetic Footcare programme has been held has been dramatically reduced, up to 70%, making huge savings in the social and health care costs in the Caribbean. These programmes are designed to train doctors and nurses in the up to date treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers.
The latest stage has trained 27 doctors and 27 nurses in the "Training the Trainers" course in Tobago from all over the Caribbean and South America; these course participants are now starting training others in their own countries to set up diabetic foot care clinics and save countless more limbs.
One interesting consequence has been more people involved with the training applying to join local Rotary Clubs!
Please use the links below and the reports listed on the left to find out more information about the Project.
For a general overview please see this Power Point presentation
To see a presentation for the Caribbean click here
Please use the contact form and choose Diabetic Foot Care Project subject to get in touch
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