Health professionals formed the Bermuda Diabetes Association in 1979, led by Nurse Debbie Jones, in response to the alarming number of complications affecting those in Bermuda with diabetes. The steering committee felt that with greater knowledge the person with diabetes could be in a better position to best manage the disease. The objectives of the association are to provide knowledge to patients and healthcare providers alike.
Programmes to update physicians, nurses and dieticians are regularly sponsored by the Association. One of the Association’s earlier objectives was to provide diabetes education through the hospital, and the association successfully lobbied for and sponsored the opening of the diabetes education centre at the hospital.
In 2007 the Association opened a pharmacy, which supplies most of those on the island with their diabetes medical supplies. The Association now has 8 staff members, which includes a community educator who takes diabetes education to the schools and workplace.
In 2020 Bermuda Diabetes Association moved into its new home bringing all of its services, pharmacy and diabetes education, under one roof.
To promote awareness about signs, symptoms & treatment of diabetes
To support for those living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
To reduce the incidence of diabetes complications
To education about healthy lifestyles for prevention and management of diabetes
To provide medicine for free to those with diabetes who are financially disadvantaged
Public diabetes screenings
Sponsored workshops for healthcare professionals
An annual grant for further education in diabetes care
Web based newsletter/updates
Import of medication and blood glucose test strips
Teaching of patients in use of glucose monitors and administration of insulin
Classes on how to use the freestyle Libre
Nutrition classes at lunch time
Diabetes Reversal/Rewind classes
Sponsoring children to attend diabetes camp
Organising and running diabetes camps
Sponsorship of guest speakers to lecture at physician clinical meetings and at general public meetings
Free eye and foot screenings for people with diabetes who are financially disadvantaged
Learn more here about activities organised by the Association for World Diabetes Day:
Community Seminar & Healthy Lunch
Healthy eating tips in restaurants and grocery stores
“Step by Step Walk for Diabetes”
Bermuda Diabetes Association Tent at World Rugby Classic
"Denim for Diabetes" fundraising
World Diabetes Day Church Service
Message from the President
Mr. Gregory van der Made, Chairman "As a person with type 1 diabetes I understand and appreciate the opportunities IDF provides for IDF Member Associations around the world. IDF is instrumental in bringing together IDF MA’s to share best practice and learn from another.
Bermuda Diabetes Association is grateful to IDF for the many services, including webinars that it provides to IDF MA’s throughout the year. World Diabetes Day unites the diabetes world and reinforces the message that together we are stronger.''