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WDD 18 – Open day at APSA

November is diabetes awareness month and an opportunity to raise further public awareness on this disease. Being an NGO fighting against Type 2 Diabetes since 1994, APSA wanted to mark this event by organising an open day on the 14th November at the Diabetes Care Centre in Trianon.
Several programs were proposed to the public namely consultations with doctors & dietitians, screening (glycose, blood pressure, Body Mass Index, liver diseases), foot & wound care, group education on proper diabetic foot care and neuro-rehabilitation sessions.
The participants were even spoiled by having the opportunity to taste a variety of delicious whole wheat breads proposed by ‘Les Moulins de la Concorde’
At APSA, we believe that ‘Prevention is better than Cure’. Hence, the objective of this day was to sensitize the population on diabetes and its complications. Note that Mauritius is amongst the countries having the highest rate of type 2 diabetes prevalence. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) report of 2017 even highlighted that 1 out of 4 Mauritians is diabetic.
Since the theme for the World Diabetes Day for 2018 was ‘The Family and Diabetes’, APSA offered all diabetic patients present on that day a DVD with diabetes-friendly recipes and educational booklets which are going to be helpful to their families.
The President and Founder of APSA, Mrs Audrey Hardy, highlighted that ‘Diabetes touches more than 250,000 Mauritians and thousands of persons are either diabetic or pre-diabetic but they are still unaware of it. It is essential to do regular screening. We can prevent type 2 diabetes by adopting healthy lifestyles’.

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