SCOPH – WORLD DIABETES DAY
Written by mcdcimsa, on February 17th, 2020
Based on the data claimed by BPJS in 2018, Diabetes is one of the top 5 most common diseases in Indonesia. According to Riskesdas in 2018, the prevalence of people in Indonesia that have diabetes is around 10,3 million. The lack of awareness and knowledge in the community about the disease is one of the reasons why the incidence rate of diabetes in Indonesia is still high. Hence, every November, SCOPH CIMSA UPH celebrate WDD or World Diabetes Day with the objectives to raise awareness and knowledge about the disease. This year, SCOPH decided to use “family” as the theme for WDD in 2019.
In order to celebrate World Diabetes Day, SCOPH CIMSA UPH decided to go door-to-door so we could reach out to each and every family. SCOPH DISCUSSION was held beforehand so that each member could fully understand the disease, starting from its etiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology – all the way to its preventions and management. The discussion was held 3 days prior to the event and was moderated by the LPO.
The main event was held on the 24th of November 2019 at Cibodas. The event started at 8 o’clock. The SCOPH Members in CIMSA UPH were divided into 5 groups of 3 and 2 to maximize efficiency. Each group asked for permission before entering the house and later give a short lecture about diabetes. Despite that, some houses rejected the offer, at the end of the day SCOPH CIMSA UPH managed to visit more than 20 households which is higher than the expected target.
In each house, a pre-test was first conducted before the short-lecture to know the base knowledge of each participant and also later for measurement of how impactful the project was. After the lecture, SCOPH CIMSA UPH’s members gave free glucose and blood pressure test. This screening was held not just for the participants but also for the nearby puskesmas’ data. The data can also later be use for further projects. After each test, most participants had just found out that they have a high blood glucose level or high blood pressure. When the results are high, the SCOPH member then educate the participant on a healthier lifestyle and recommended them to go to the nearest Puskesmas. Although some of the participants were reluctant to be tested mostly because they were afraid of needle, but SCOPH members encouraged them that it was for their benefit and they agreed. Before SCOPH CIMSA UPH’s members proceed to the next house, they also conducted a post-test for the success indicator of the event. Each house mostly consists of 3 to 4 family members and others also consist of 6 or more members.
The community was very active to ask questions regarding the subject of each lecture. They were very pleased and they even asked for the event again so even more household in Cibodas could be covered. We hope that this event could increase people’s awareness and also improve their knowledge regarding the disease and hopefully with this event we can help in lowering the incidence rate of diabetes nationally.