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.

World Diabetes Foundation Kenya Project 2018

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Type 1 diabetes is a complex disease, no matter where you live. But in Kenya, poverty, stigmatization, ignorance, myths and poor access to quality treatment often add to the difficulties people with the condition face.

The World Diabetes Foundation's 2018 fundraiser builds on the learnings from two successful projects supporting children and youth with type 1 diabetes in Kenya.

WDF Fundraiser objective
The 2018 WDF Fundraiser will educate children with type 1 diabetes and their parents and guardians, empowering them to better manage the disease. It will also improve the ability of primary health care workers to diagnose and treat the condition.

Background of the project
In 2008, WDF, Kenya's Diabetes Management and Information Centre and Kenya's Ministry of Health set out to do something about it. They began by providing Hba1c testing, diagnostic equipment and insulin*, quarterly home visits and camps for 90 children.

In 2014, a second phase of the project provided more training, educational materials and camps, and established a national paediatric center of excellence at Machakos county hospital. The second phase, conducted in collaboration with the Changing Diabetes in Children project and Paediatric Endocrinologists Training Program in Africa (PETCA), has so far reached more than 1,300 children.

The key learnings from the project phase II:

  • The Importance of combined camps for Children and parents.
  • The need for continuous support and capacity building for Kenyan healthcare professionals.
The 2018 WDF Fundraiser will act on these learnings by increasing the disease awareness among children with type 1 diabetes and their parents and guardians.

The project will work with its partners in DMIC and Kenya's Ministry of Health to deliver the following over a 2-year period (2018-2020):

  • 150 children educated about self-care and management of type 1 diabetes.
  • 150 parents/guardians and 30 teachers educated about diagnosis, self-care and management of type 1 diabetes.
  • 20 peer educators and group administrators of social media platforms trained in monitoring and evaluation.
  • 30 primary health care providers and data officers trained in data collection and reporting of type 1 diabetes in children.
  • Type 1 diabetes awareness provided for more than 4,000 families and 200,000 people.

* Funding for insulin was provided by project partners, as WDF does not fund medication.

Rwanda Project 2017
Rwanda Project 2017

All participants had the opportunity to purchase a 5K@EASD runner shirt to support the World Diabetes Foundation Rwanda project. In 2017, over €9,590 were raised by citizens of Lisbon and EASD delegates.

The World Diabetes Foundation's 2017 fundraiser project raised general awareness and improved 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

Rwanda Project 2017

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 Munchen 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.

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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 2017, the WDF provided USD 138 million in funding to 535 projects in 116 countries, focusing on diabetes prevention, access to care and advocacy at the local, regional and global level.

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