Efforts to prevent and control diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) reached new frontiers as Handicap International and its partners launched the CVD Program in seven new areas in the Davao Region last month.
Originally implemented in Davao City, the CVD Program was adopted in neighboring Tagum City, Digos City, Mati City, Island Garden City of Samal, Nabunturan (Compostela Valley), Monkayo (Compostela Valley), and Malita (Davao Occidental).
The CVD Program is a joint endeavor of Handicap International’s CVD Project and the various areas’ local government units, public hospitals, and the Department of Health Regional Office XI. Funded by the World Diabetes Foundation, the Program aims to manage CVD-risk factors (such as smoking and hypertension) through screenings and consultations. It also strives to manage or prevent diabetic foot complications, which often lead to foot amputations.
At the launching program in Digos City (August 8), Monkayo (August 5), Nabunturan (August 7), and Malita (August 12), a motorcade around town attracted the public’s attention. This was followed by a program in the organizers’ respective venues.
In Tagum City (August 4), CVD Program implementers held a “medical mission,” offering free medical tests and consultations throughout the day. In Mati City, meanwhile, a signing-of-commitment ceremony capped the launching program on August 22. This was attended by various government officials.
Finally, in the Island Garden City of Samal (August 27), a dance contest among barangay health workers promoted physical exercise to more than 400 spectators.
According to CVD Project Manager Richard Erick Caballero, the CVD Program has been noted to be a success in Davao City, where it was first implemented in 2009 as the Diabetes Project. Its accomplishments were presented at the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia last year. The publication, How to Support Local Government to Integrate CVD and Diabetes Prevention and Management into Existing Health Systems – the Davao City Experience, Philippines, also describes the program’s experience.
The CVD Project is implemented with financial support from