Tanzania Diabetes Association (TDA) was formed in 1985 as a result of the awareness that the interests of all people concerned with diabetes are best served by joining together and working as one national association to ensure the availability of more resources for diabetes including medicines, equipment, education and mutual support.
TDA has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Community – Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) , Presisent’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) and other International partners [Novo Nordisk, World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Roche Diagnostics) in implementing several projects across the country. Among the project implemented by TDA are Changing Diabetes in Children (CdiC) funded by Novo Nordsk and Child Sponsorship Program funded by Life For Child with Diabetes (LFAC) IDF which supports the children with type 1 diabetes by supplying them with insulin, glucometers, glucose strips,syringes and lancets.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects more than just physical health. The impact of the diagnosis, due to changes imposed by treatment, can generate a high level of stress, alter emotions and decrease quality of life in the child and in the family. Accordingly, the relationship between the patient, the healthcare team and the family is critical to achieving good adaptation to the disease. To this effect TDA arranged two type 1 diabates camps, one which was conducted in Bagamoyo from 1-3 September and the other one which was conducted in Dodoma from 15-17 September 2020 for children with type 1 diabetes, their parents / care givers and health care providers under the Changing Diabetes in Children (CDIC) program covering 12 clinics which are Bugando ZRH, Sekoutore RRH, Singida RRH, Dodoma RRH, Mount Meru RRH, Huruma DDH, KCMC, Temeke RRH, Muhimbili NH, Mbeya ZRH, Nyakahanga DDH, Rubya DDH, but other two clinics were involved which for now are not in the list of CdiC clinics which are Mwananyamala RRH and Vijibweni DC which are both in Dar es Salaam.
The mission of this camp was specialized for children and youth with diabetes to facilitate a camping experience in a medically safe environment. An equally important goal was to enable children with diabetes to meet and share their experiences with one another while they learn to be more responsible for their condition.
Informed consent was obtained from 64 children with type 1 diabetes who participated in the camp, 14 parents and 30 health care providers. Camp team included endocrinologists, MDs, diabetes educators, diabetes nurses, physical activity instructors, dietitians and TDA staff with expertise in diabetes.
During the camp MOHCDGEC participated full in all the camps, Dr Julieth, representative from MOHCDGEC appreciated TDA for a wonderful job they are doing in managing and controlling type 1 diabetes children but also ensuring supplies and insulin to these children. She also gave out appreciations to HCP, parents and children for their willingness to learn and participate in the camp. He urged all HCP to take the knowledge received back to their clinics and be the champions in delivering education on type 1 to other HCP, same to children and parents