SRCF team along with AFMC has started a pilot project to tackle chronic diseases among the elderly in Ramtekdi slum.
Some months ago, a WHO questionnaire on Activity Levels and Participation Rates was conducted on the elders (>60) in Ramtekdi. We found a high incidence of Diabetes ( ~25%). Since diabetes causes numerous complications which are debilitating and expensive to treat, SRCF to proactively address this situation.
Since exercise is critical for diabetes management, we decided to encourage the participants in the study to exercise. We have given the participants, pedometers which help track the number of steps they take everyday. Also, since timely medications are very important, we have set up an sms reminder facility for the elders. In addition, every week the participants visit Anandchaya, our OPD center in Ramtekdi and we track the numbers of step and help the senior citizens plan their medicines intake using pill boxes. We aim to carry out this study for a period of 3 months and every fortnight the participants will be counseled and shown short films on various aspects of disease management – diet, exercise, wound care etc. We are aiming to reduce the HbA1C reading by at least one point and to measure the outcome, SRCF has carried out study and recording of the HbA1C reading at the start of the intervention. This will be repeated at the end of 3 months to measure the success of the impact. Further, SRCF has through its IT partner have developed data recording and management tools so the entire study will be largely paperless.
We aim to validate this intervention and replicate this across other slums in Pune.
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