IDF has partnered with Sanofi, Kenya Diabetes Study Group and Diabetes Kenya to launch a national diabetes management training programme.
The three-month online training programme for General Practitioners (GPs), a first in Kenya, aims to build capacity for over 2,000 GPs offering clinical services to people living with diabetes.
According to the Kenya Medical Board, there are about 7,000 actively practicing health professionals in Kenya. However, only 12 of these are endocrinologists that specialise in diabetes care. Most people with diabetes in the country seek care from GPs who can benefit from improved knowledge and skills in managing the condition. IDF estimates indicate that there are approximately 460,000 people currently living with diabetes in Kenya, a total that is set to rise to over 1.3 million people within a generation.
GPs who register for the programme will access the training through the IDF School of Diabetes digital platform, on computer, tablet or mobile device. The locally and internationally accredited curriculum offers an in-depth introduction to diabetes, covering all aspects of diagnosis and management while providing the latest evidence-based knowledge to inform clinical practice. Health professionals who complete the course will receive an official certificate and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points.
"The International Diabetes Federation is committed to improving the diabetes knowledge of health professionals through education,” said IDF President Prof. Nam H. Cho. “We are, therefore, delighted to partner with Sanofi, Diabetes Kenya and the Kenya Diabetes Study Group in this project to enhance the knowledge and skills of health professionals on the front line of the diabetes response in Kenya.”
“There is an intrinsic need to build capacity on diabetes management among the general practitioners in Kenya. Thus, training is essential to support early diagnosis and effective treatment of people living with diabetes. We are confident that this training, supported by our partners and fully supported by Sanofi, will enable the doctors gain necessary skills in tackling diabetes locally.” Country Chair Kenya and General Manager Sanofi East Africa Hub Peter Munyasi.
“A competent patient caregiver is paramount to success in patient management. Diabetes care is dynamic and this high standard in depth innovative training will empower doctors across the counties for improvement of patient outcomes”, Dr. Kirtida Acharya, Chairperson Diabetes Kenya Association.
The training programme aligns with the Kenya National NCD Strategy 2015-2020 provision to build the capacity of the health workforce in terms of numbers and skills at all levels, for the prevention and control of non-communicable disease (NCDs).