Rwanda diabetes patients receive 12 million test strips support by Abbott

By Jean d’Amour Mugabo

Rwanda’s diabetes healthcare has got a
boost of glucose meters and test strips to advance disease management for people diagnosed with Type
1 diabetes in Rwanda for the next four years.

The donation of glucose
meters and around 11.7 million test strips was announced yesterday during a
press briefing in Kigali, as a result of a partnership between
Rwanda’s Ministry of Health and Abbott through Team Type 1 Foundation.

Glucose
meters and test strips are important tools to help people manage their
diabetes, however, some living with Type 1 diabetes are unable to afford meters
or test strips. The FreeStyle Optium Neo glucose meters and 11,680,000
FreeStyle Optium test strips from Abbott will provide access to ongoing
diabetes care in Rwanda.
The donation is in partnership with Team Type 1 Foundation,
a non-profit organisation pursuing a global mission of education, empowerment
and equal access to medicine for everyone affected by diabetes.

Receiving
the donation, Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, Rwanda’s Minister of State in Charge of
Primary Healthcare , said the Government of Rwanda has responded to the global
call to tackle the increased burden of diabetes by ensuring improved access and
quality of care is delivered at all levels of the health system including
primary health facilities close to the population.

“The
fight against diabetes and other NCDs is a high priority on the agenda of the Ministry
of Health and will continue to work with all our partners to mitigate the impact
of this deadly disease,” added the Minister.

Rwandan government officials (centre) receive a donation of FreeStyle Optium Neo glucose meters and 11,680,000 FreeStyle Optium test strips from Abbott through Team Type 1 Foundation. Courtesy Photo
Rwandan government officials (centre) receive a donation of FreeStyle Optium Neo glucose meters and 11,680,000 FreeStyle Optium test strips from Abbott through Team Type 1 Foundation. Courtesy Photo

Bernard Brisolier,
Business Unit Director for Abbott’s diabetes care business in Africa, said “By
working together with the Ministry of Health and Team Type 1 Foundation, we
will empower thousands of people living with diabetes in Rwanda to monitor
their glucose levels and manage their diabetes, which will help them lead
healthier and fuller lives.”

“It is a dream come true to receive this donation
from Abbott. Since 2010, the Team Type 1 Foundation has
been present in Rwanda through the Tour of Rwanda and our work with the Rwanda
Diabetes Association. We have seen the will of the people to succeed against
the challenges diabetes presents, which is why Team Type 1 has been so
dedicated for the past 10 years to advance access to diabetes care in Rwanda,”
Team Type 1 Founder and President Phil Southerland said.

Abbott is an
active healthcare provider in Africa in general and in Rwanda in particular.
Since the beginning of 2019, the company has collaborated with the Ministry of
Health and a leading NGO, on a pilot program
including the launch of eight second-generation health posts in the Eastern
Rwanda’s Bugesera District. The initiative aims at providing primary healthcare
services within a 30-minute walk of all Rwandan homes. Health post workers will
test and treat people, including pregnant women and new-born children for
multiple infectious and non-communicable diseases.

According to the
STEPS Survey 2014, Diabetes prevalence in Rwanda is 3 per cent and 2,000 among
the patients have type 1 diabetes.

According to the Health
Ministry, Rwanda aims to protect her population from morbidity and mortality
related to NCDs including Diabetes. This can be achieved through cooperation
with different stakeholders at national and international levels.

Rwanda has put in
place different measures to fight diabetes. These include community check-up
and sensitization for early detection, decentralization and integration of
diabetes care to health centre level, health system strengthening through
capacity building and development of normative tools, increase of accessibility
and affordability of diabetes commodities, medicine and lab tests, inclusion of
diabetes care into medical insurance scheme, among others.

source: https://panafricanvisions.com/2020/01/rwanda-diabetes-patients-receive-12-million-test-strips-support-by-abbott/

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