British Virgin Islands Diabetes Association

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Dr. Jana Downing Diabetes Resource Center
PO Box 2343
54 Main street
1110 Tortola
British Virgin Islands
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The British Virgin Islands Diabetes Association was established in 1979, as a follow-up to a Patient Education Workshop on Diabetes, held by a team from PAHO and CAREC along with the Nutrition Department from Trinidad.

The Association is affiliated with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the North American & Caribbean Region Diabetes Association and the Diabetes Association of the Caribbean.

The BVI Diabetes Association resource center is named after founding member and Medical Advisor from its inception to her passing in 2009. It is called the Dr. Jana Downing Diabetes Resource Center.

Mission Statement:

To promote Diabetes prevention and care, by addressing the challenges facing the community by creating avenues to address diabetes complications, and to represent every one with diabetes by taking a proactive approach and educate those who care for them focusing on the need for a complete change to a healthier lifestyle .

Vision Statement:

Educate the community on Diabetes care, prevention and complications, thereby promoting better healthcare and encourage healthy lifestyles.


To promote interest in Diabetes and provide education and information for diabetics and their families thereby promoting better health and happier lives for diabetics, and otherwise assist diabetics in the management of their condition and encourage their families to become involved with the management of diabetes.

Contributing to the improvement of health, the prevention of the disease and the mitigation of suffering by programs of training and services for the benefit of the community, adapted to national and local needs and circumstances.

Get professionals involved to assist with recruiting, training and assigning such personnel as necessary for the discharge of its responsibilities

Provide a forum where diabetics can come together for mutual support and encouragement

Promote the participation of young people in the work of the Association.

Main Focus

The BVI Diabetes Association continues to be very active, and provides the highest standard of quality care in an effort to assist persons with diabetes and the wider British Virgin Islands Community.

At the Dr. Jana Downing Diabetes Resource Center, we continue to provide our services free of cost five days a week.

Foot Care Clinics are done every Tuesdays at the resource center and home visits are done one day per week by our Foot Care Specialist.


The Association continues to be very active within the community by undertaking a number of activities by providing free Blood Sugar and Pressure Screening, weight management and counseling for both diabetics and their care givers. Diabetic supplies are sold at cost but there are those who are unable to purchase them therefore they are given free supplies as funds permit.

Meetings / workshops are held where medical practitioners, nutritionist, diabetes educators, physical educators and other pertinent persons in the community are invited as guest speaker at these meetings.

Throughout the year the Association provides man power and supplies to other organizations requesting assistance through health fairs. “Diabetes in the Work Place” is well received by the business community and would request the assistance of the Association to educate and conduct screenings in work places.

“Project healthy Lifestyles” are done in schools where a team made up of diabetes educators, nutritionist & health educators visit schools in the community to teach healthy lifestyles, all through the year but increased visits are done during November and on World Diabetes Day 14th November, additional activities are planned for the youth.

Fundraisers are a major part of our activities; these are done in an effort to raise funds to assist the community and the effective running of the Association.

Message from the President

Mr Allan Rhymer "On behalf of the British Virgin Islands Diabetes Association, I would congratulate the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) for taking such a bold step in the formation of a web page to accommodate the entire IDF Member Association and countries where IDF has a member association.

With the ever growing vibrant electronic times where all ages and categories of people equip themselves to these modern times it is well fitting to establish this site where information and education can be passed on from one country to the next by the click of a button.

When statistics show a rise in diabetes and history is being made by the increase of death from the complications of Diabetes. Despite the challenges we must do everything possible to educate our communities.

As we launch this site let us Endeavour to reach our goal in the fight against Diabetes".


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