World Diabetes Foundation (WDF)

Through the purchase of runner shirts at the 5K@EASD, the 5K@EASD community has raised over €40,000 for the World Diabetes Foundation projects in Mali (2014), Peru (2015), Myanmar (2016) and Rwanda (2017).

For the latest updates on WDF, select a project below.

Rwanda Project 2017

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The World Diabetes Foundation's 2017 fundraiser project will raise general awareness and improve care for young people with type 1 diabetes in Rwanda by activating a powerful force - the country's youth, including girl scouts.

Rwanda remains on the OECD's list of least developed countries, and non-communicable diseases are a growing threat. An estimated 360,000 Rwandans have type 2 diabetes, yet only a fraction receive care. Awareness of diabetes, its causes and complications is limited. Funding and equipment for more than 1,400 young Rwandans with type 1 diabetes are in short supply.

WDF Fundraiser objective:
Support Rwandan youth with type 1 diabetes, and improve awareness and prevention of type 2 diabetes across the country.

WDF Local Partners:
Association des Guides du Rwanda (AGR)
The Rwanda Diabetes Association (RDA)

The project will be implemented over a 2-year period (2017-18), and will have two main goals:

  1. Improve prevention and awareness of type 2 diabetes and its risk factors in 14 districts
  2. Improve diabetes self-care and well-being of children and youth with type 1 diabetes

To achieve the first goal, RDA and AGR will recruit and train a total of 42 youth volunteers from 14 district cities. Working in teams of three, they will then design and run local prevention and awareness campaigns targeting 70 schools nationwide. These campaigns will culminate with a competition, and the most successful campaign will be identified.

To achieve the second goal, the project will equip RWA mobile clinics with 2 Hba1c machines and reagents for testing 1400 young people with type 1 nationwide. The project will also fund two summer camps over two years reaching 100 young people each (200 in total). Girl guides trained by the project will contribute to the camps with lessons about leadership, confidence etc.

The project deliverables include:

  • Diabetes prevention peer educator training for 42 young people (including 14 Girl Guides)
  • Diabetes prevention and awareness campaigns at 70 selected schools and youth centres in 14 districts
  • 2 diabetes camps for children and youth with type 1 diabetes, reaching 200 young people in total
  • Improved services (including training and Hba1c machines and reagents) for 1400 youth with type 1 diabetes

Myanmar Project 2016

All participants had the opportunity to purchase a 5K@EASD runner shirt to support the World Diabetes Foundation Myanmar project. This year over €10,350 was raised by citizens of München and EASD delegates.

Diabetes is one of the main health problems in Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Diabetes Association. A national survey supported by the WDF found a diabetes prevalence of 10.5% among Myanmar adults (global prevalence is 8.8%, according to the International Diabetes Federation). Changing lifestyles and limited knowledge of prevention are fuelling the epidemic, yet little attention has been paid to diabetes and other non-communicable diseases to date.

Funds raised will be used to establish one to two hypertension and diabetes clinics in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, with approximately 5 million out of Myanmar’s 55 million residents:
     · equipment for the new clinics
     · awareness raising in the general population
     · training of health care professionals
     · creation of information and education materials


Peru Project 2015 (Updated December 2016)

Building on the momentum from 2014, the 5K@EASD community continued the fundraising effort at the Stockholm edition of the 5K@EASD. Through the purchase of runner shirts, participants raised €9,340 to directly benefit the World Diabetes Foundation project “Creating Basic Care Units for Diabetes Care in Peru.” This program aims to raise awareness about diabetes and its prevention, improve diabetes care, and prevent and treat foot complications.

World Diabetes Foundation
WDF's new fundraiser the Peru Project will bring much needed diabetes care in the country
(Images courtesy WDF)

Updated as of December 2016:

Since its launch in 2015, the Peru Project has rolled out eight primary care clinics in Piura and Lima -- twice the orginal target -- where it has trained more than 100 healthcare professionals, screened more than 1000 people and provided counseling and footcare services to nearly 1000 people since its launch in June 2015.

For more information on the Peru Project update, please click here.

Mali Project 2014 (Updated December 2015)

In 2014, participants at the 5K@EASD in Vienna raised €10,809 through the purchase of runner shirts. All proceeds directly benefited the World Diabetes Foundation project “Strengthening the Management of Diabetes in Children in Mali.” This initiative improved access to care for 250 children with Type 1 diabetes in Mali, Africa.



About World Diabetes Foundation

The World Diabetes Foundation is an independent trust dedicated to the prevention and treament of diabetes in the developing world.

From 2002 to 2016, the World Diabetes Foundation has funded 486 partnership projects in 115 countries, focusing on awareness, education and capacity building at the local, regional and global level.

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