Rwandans living with diabetes will be able to carry out quick tests to determine their sugar levels a key requirement in managing the disease.
According to the Ministry of Health, these test strips and consignments of glucose have been donated by Abbott through Team Type 1 Foundation.
“Abbott donated glucose meters and close to 12 million test strips to advance disease management for people diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in Rwanda for the next four years,” the Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The FreeStyle Optium Neo glucose meters and 11.7 million FreeStyle Optium test strips from Abbott will provide access to ongoing diabetes care in Rwanda.
This donation is in partnership with Team Type 1 Foundation, a non-profit organization pursuing a global mission of education, empowerment and equal access to medicine for everyone affected by diabetes.
According to the STEPS Survey 2014, Diabetes prevalence in Rwanda is 3 per cent and 2,000 among the patients have type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, the Minister of State in Charge of Primary Health care in Rwanda, says the government 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.
Bernard Brisolier, Business Unit Director for Abbott’s diabetes care business in Africa, says, “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.”
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.
Since the beginning of 2019, Abbott 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 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.
Rwanda aims at protecting the population from morbidity and mortality related to NCDs including Diabetes so that Rwandans are instrumental in socio-economic transformation initiative, for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.