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First Person: A diabetes fighter in Eswatini pours all her efforts into beating COVID-19

“Our association trained over 300 caregivers, who can empower other community leaders, and ensure that their support groups are effective. In addition, we led an initiative to train a total of 48 rural health motivators in five chiefdoms in the region of Shiselweni, and another group of 20 rural health motivators was trained in the Lubombo region.

Eswatini : How the world’s highest HIV-prevalence country turned around, and in record time.

WHO/Daniel Toro

Eswatini : How the world’s highest HIV-prevalence country turned around, and in record time.

A lack of medication

Even though the lockdown negatively affected our operations, we managed to visit health centers across the country, and we soon discovered that most rural clinics did not have relevant and adequate medication, so we pressed for more of them to made available, working closely with the Ministry of Health.  

We have also been in close contact with the United Nations: the UN country team in Eswatini has intensified its effort to help the government procure sufficient stocks of medical supplies at health care facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has supported Diabetes Association Eswatini in developing information and educational materials, helping us to communicate a wide variety of critical issues such as nutrition, coping mechanisms, and prevention.

Eswatini : How the world’s highest HIV-prevalence country turned around, and in record time.

WHO/Daniel Toro

Eswatini : How the world’s highest HIV-prevalence nation circled, and in file time.

Creating alternatives out of the COVID disaster

When I used to be recognized with diabetes in 2005, I didn’t know find out how to take care of my situation, and there was no assist available. I used to be in a coma for 3 days and, after I awakened, I instructed myself that I used to be going to be taught the whole lot there was to find out about this illness. Since then, nothing has stopped me from going the additional mile to fulfil my objective: spreading my information and serving to different diabetic sufferers. Not even COVID-19.

In this time of financial disaster, we’re additionally serving to folks with diabetes to enhance their livelihoods. For instance, I mobilized a gaggle of ladies in my neighborhood to start out a textile and handicraft enterprise. I used to be fortunate sufficient to efficiently persuade native textile firms to donate waste materials to us, that we recycle to supply plenty of helpful merchandise that we then promote to the neighborhood, together with facemasks, soaps and sanitizers.

And we’ve different plans to assist unemployed younger folks to make a dwelling: a department of the affiliation in Shiselweni, positioned in the south of the nation, has launched into a challenge to ascertain a vocational centre that may present them with this abilities they want. 

We should create a stronger well being system to fulfill the wants of individuals dwelling with diabetes. There’s plenty of work to do if we’re to have a more healthy future in Eswatini: we have to make investments extra in prevention, early prognosis, screening, therapy, and rehabilitation.”

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