CVD Project set to achieve 4th WDF milestone one year early

A patient gets tested for her blood sugar at the laboratory area of the local health facility in Samal. © City Health Office of the Island Garden City of Samal

A patient gets tested for her blood sugar at the laboratory area of the local health facility in Samal. © City Health Office of the Island Garden City of Samal

Eleven months prior to their deadline, the CVD Project is on track to accomplish the fourth set of milestones indicated by the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) within the next few months.

According to latest data, the project and its partners have already achieved a total of 48 foot and wound clinics in the intervention areas in Davao Region, a total of 39,394 persons screened on diabetes, 21,930 persons screened on hypertension, 11,320 persons screened for foot risks while 924 patients with foot complications received care.

This goes beyond the set of targeted accomplishments due on May 2016, which included having at least 46 health centers with foot and wound clinics, at least 20,000 persons screened for diabetes and hypertension, at least 5,000 persons with diabetes screened for foot risks and at least 1,000 patients with foot complications receiving care.

The project is set to submit its third semi-annual progress report to the WDF on October 2015, which will cover the period from March until August 2015. “It is projected that at this time, over 1,000 persons found with foot complications will have received care from project-supported foot and wound clinics,” says CVD Project Manager Richard Erick Caballero.

Using partnerships and a local inclusive development approach, the project has been implementing a systematic non-communicable disease risk factor management program at the primary care level with hypertension and diabetes as entry points.

Most recently, strong collaboration with the regional Department of Health has already resulted to the integration of the program’s indicators in the official regional-level health information system reporting.

Funded by the WDF, the CVD Project is currently operational in 5 major cities and 3 key municipalities in the Davao Region and is planned to end on February 2016.

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