The Grenada Diabetes Association was established in 1982, with Mr Earnest John (Barrister of Law) as the first president. Soon after, the now president, Mrs Rosalind Alexis was responsible for the establishment of three smaller branches in three parishes of Grenada. Now, there are six apart from the mother association. GDA has been a member of the International Diabetes Federation since 1994. Despite its dormancy for some period of time, the association has remained committed to the task of creating awareness of the condition by collaborating with Ministry of Health, Non-Government Organizations, Private sector, St. George’s University and most importantly persons affected with Diabetes. The Association established a Resource center in 2006 at the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade Building, Tanteen, St. George.
GDA is fortunate to have health professional, as well as non-health professional diabetes educators whose training was sponsored and facilitated by GDA and IDF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The educators have been conducting screening and education at worksites, schools and other areas in the community.
The establishment of a Youth Arm within GDA, in 2010, should not be ignored. This initiative has helped some of the young persons living with diabetes to accept and better manage their condition. Day camps are organised on a yearly basis, and the youths who attend these camps are educated by doctors, dieticians, nutritionists, podiatrists, health professionals, and non-health professional diabetes educators.
Presently they are one of the six countries participating in the BRIDGES project.
Diabetes care and its prevention
Persons living with diabetes to become members of the association so that they can benefit from all opportunities that would enhance their condition.
Educating, motivating, and building the self-esteem of youths living with diabetes.
Community- based educational awareness programmes and activities about diabetes prevention and control, and its complications.
Training for members of the association, and gathering information on new interventions in diabetes.
Observance of World Diabetes Day
At the centre, they offer free testing of blood sugars, blood pressures, weight checks, Body Mass Index (BMI), and resource materials.
Screening and testing of blood sugar, blood pressures, weight checks, BMI in schools, churches, worksites, and other chosen locations in the community.
They organise walkathons, marches, and educational programmes, all geared towards public awareness of diabetes.
Work collaboratively with governmental and non-governmental organization in health fairs, walkathons etc.
Observance of WDD, with a full month (November) of activities and programmes.
Participate in diabetes related workshops, conferences, congress, and surveys.
Publications & Newsletters
The Grenada Diabetes Association is in the process of publishing its first Newsletter and Health Magazine.
Message from the President
Ms Rosalind Alexis "Diabetes accounts for high morbidity and mortality rates in Grenada and the rest of the Caribbean. It is a pandemic, and it is estimated that within 20 years there will be over 380 million persons with diabetes. It is a common chronic disease which can affect persons at any age. The incidence of adults and children with diabetes is increasing worldwide. According to the Caribbean statistics approx.10-15% of the adult population is affected by diabetes. It is imperative that persons understand the serious impact of diabetes and know, where possible, how to avoid or delay Diabetes and its complications.
Seeing that diabetes is a pandemic we cannot afford to be complacent and try to fight this terror on our own pretending that we do not know what is happening to our neighbours worldwide. We need each other. A collaborated effort, locally, regionally and internationally is what we need to promote diabetes prevention, self-management, and education.
Because of lack of knowledge you may ask the question, “Who will be the one to take the initiative to fight this pandemic disease?” I therefore introduce you to the International Diabetes Federation. IDF is an Advocate for the global diabetes community since 1950, and its mission is to enhance diabetes care, prevention, education, and collaboration among member associations. GDA has been a member of IDF’s over 200 member associations since 1994.
GDA became a member of IDF when it realized that no individual country’s health and economy system could handle this pandemic disease on its own, including itself. It is very rewarding to be a member of IDF. Since GDA became one of its registered members, its local members have been involved in numerous leadership and training workshops, conferences, and congresses in diabetes throughout the seven IDF regions. And to validate what I am speaking about, two of GDA’s members will be attending a Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia from the 2nd to 6th December, this year (2013). In its action to tackle diabetes from the local to the global, IDF has caused GDA to gain access to information on education events, updates in legislation, patient education materials, award applications, diabetes educational resource centres, and colleagues."