DAVAO CITY – More Davaoeños are now able to access better diabetes-related services with the opening of 17 new foot and wound care clinics within various health centers in Davao City empowered by Handicap International’s Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) Project.
Focusing on preventive and curative methods, the clinics are expected to provide quality services such as detection and treatment of foot problems, screening of feet at risk, education in foot care, and trauma prevention.
According to CVD Project Manager Richard Erick Caballero, the project intends to expand their reach in the region by supporting the implementation more foot and wound clinics in 30 additional health centers in the cities of Mati, Digos, Tagum and Samal and the municipalities of Malita, Nabunturan and Monkayo.
Advanced foot care training
Health care providers from those key areas were participants of an advanced foot care training conducted by the project last February. Led by CVD Project Technical Referent Davide Olchini, the training focused on developing skills in diabetic foot and wound management. The participants were also provided with wound care kits for their respective clinics. This is the second training in its kind, with the first one being provided last October in Davao and Mati.
According to CVD Project’s latest data, at least 9,145 persons with diabetes have benefited from diabetic foot-specific services which include assessment, education, dressing and debridement.
Funded by the World Diabetes Foundation, the CVD Project aims to improve multidisciplinary diabetes care and prevent foot complications in 5 cities and 3 municipalities in the Davao region.