Nonprofit's diabetes program in India proving successful

India has the second largest population living with diabetes in the world

By MICHELLA DRAPAC | mdrapac@whag.com

Published 04/19 2016 06:44PM

Updated 04/19 2016 06:47PM

According to Project HOPE, a global health organization based in Clarke County, its diabetes and hypertension prevention and management program in India is proving to be very successful.

The program, Project UDAY, is supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, India has the second largest population living with diabetes in the world, second only to China.

Project UDAY tries to offset this through more advanced training. Organizers conduct live informative sessions, demonstrations, role plays and interactive exercises and games, not only for health care professionals, but patients, as well.

"It's a multi-year project, and we continue to educate health professionals and provide public awareness campaigns on diabetes and non-communicable diseases," said Melanie Mullinax, senior communications manager for Project HOPE.

While there are about 65 million people with diabetes in India today, the number is expected to increase to 109 million by 2030.
 

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