Community outreach for screening of Diabetes in the North Tongu District, Volta Region of Ghana

The Joy FM Sugar Project is partnership between the “Joy FM Sugar Project”, Rotary Club of Accra Airport and Millennium Promise Alliance (MPA) and working jointly with the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

It was initiated in 2015 with the aim of educating the population into adopting simple lifestyle practices for prevention of diabetes and promotion of healthy living. Key strategy of the project is the campaign that takes diabetes testing to the doorsteps of people and linking those who need care with the appropriate medical facilities.

The overall aim is to accelerate process towards attaining the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the targets on reduction in non-communicable diseases.

In August 2018, about 90 health workers, comprising 30 CHOs/CHNs, and 60 CHWs from 3 districts (Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem-KEEA and Abura-Asibu-Kwamankese-AAK were trained and deployed to provide education and screening for diabetes.

Also, in March 2019, MPA in collaboration with the Fanteakwa District Health Directorate provided training for frontline health workers to Strengthen capacity of the frontline health workers to undertake community mobilization, diabetes education and screening.

In all 30 frontline health workers mainly Community Health Officers (CHOs) and 7 District Health staff to act as supervisors received the training. In all 1815 clients were screened.

This year, 2020 the Millennium Promise and the Sugar Project partners took the community outreach program to the North Tongu District in Volta Region of Ghana.

Three Sub Districts namely Mepe, Juapong and Battor comprises 28 communities are currently receiving diabetes education and free screening

The objectives of this year’s Sugar Project outreach were to:

  1. Sensitize and educate the North Tongu Communities on diabetes prevention and management.
  2. Educate community members to adopting simple lifestyle practices such as regular intake of water, carefully followed-planned meals, management of carbohydrates in diet, mealtime consistency and exercise; for prevention of diabetes and healthy living.
  3. Offer free diabetes screening to the people of Battor and the entire selected Communities.
  4. Strengthen community-based strategic information systems for diabetes prevention and management with the introduction of real-time e-health systems that allows, among others, strong referrals.
  5. Strengthen the capacity of frontline health workers to undertake community mobilization, diabetes education and screening.