COMMUNITY-BASED AND HEALTH SERVICES PROVISION AT WORLD DIABETES DAY CELEBRATION
BNZ Foundation in partnership with the Ethekwini District Health, Ukukhanya Kwe Africa and Ethekwini Municipality were in partnership to celebrate and the World Diabetes Community Event and provision of health services. Approximately 2000 participants learners their parents and community members attended this important diabetes education and health screening event.
The day was devided into two sessions. The first session was two community dialogues, teachers dialogue and learners dialogue on diabetes information. The aerobics exercises was done as the symbol of promoting physical activity among participants. Furthermore, the health screening services was conducted and 920 people were screen; two children and one was found to have a very high reading of sugar level.
The second session was in a formal programme were speakers engaged with the community members and learners information on diabetes. The most interesting and informative speakers were from Lungelo Memela a learner in the same school who took the attendees through on her journey of living with diabetes at the age of 11; followed by Ms Nokuthula Maphumulo an informative speaker when it comes to sharing her experience in living with type 2 diabetes. The community learned a lot from these two testimonies. Our very own Dr Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma finalized the programme by emphasising more on the prevention and raising awareness about the scourge that attacks more women. She also highlighted on that statistics of people living with diabetes which have escalated with 10 thousand worldwide.