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November 14, 2016

Why a Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes

Diabetes is epidemic in every country of the world.

Here is a link that takes you to the International Diabetes Federation, There you can see the scope of the epidemic. Using this data you can see how diabetes affects your country now and in the future. This is a historic epidemic and we must do our part to intervene.


A Great World Diabetes Day Story

By: Quentin Wodon
“Today is World Diabetes Day. Last week was World Interact Week. This post is about a great project for children with diabetes in Bolivia that was supported by members of an Interact club in the United States…” Read More Here


Opportunity to Help Save Vision for People with Diabetes

Please review the documents LFAC Retinal Camera Concept Paper (PDF) & Life for a Child with Diabetes Update (PDF) and look at the potential sites where a retinal camera could be used to diagnose diabetic eye disease.


KLES Belgaum India
The establishment of an IDF, Life for a Child (LFAC), supported children’s diabetes program in Belgaum demonstrates the opportunity Rotarians actually have to improve access to insulin and save lives.

Dr. Sujata Jali, a Rotarian from Belgaum, brought a Rotary Group Study Exchange to the USA. After the program she visited her brother in Tallahassee, FL, USA. While in Tallahassee she expressed interest in learning more about diabetes. She visited Dr. Larry Deeb a member of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee, FL USA.


Dr. Jali represented the perfect champion for children with diabetes in Belgaum. The KLE University Hospital diabetes program. A physician interested in children’s diabetes can be connected to the IDF Life for a Child Program. The programs share the bona fides and implement a memorandum of understanding where, in this case, the program in India documented the needs and LFAC offered the potential aid for the program.

In this case Dr. Jali’s foundation could support the insulin needs for the children and LFAC supplies glucose monitoring supplies. More than 100 children have received support.

Dr. Jali’s recent report and photographs show the children at a summer camp. In addition a photograph of insulin stored in a clay pot demonstrates one method to help keep insulin cool in hot environments. Evaporation from the walls of the clay pot helps cool the water and keep the insulin at an acceptable temperature.


Rotarians around the world know champions like Dr. Jali who can be connected with and help save lives of children with diabetes. Get in touch!!


News Flash from Sydney
The Diabetes movement within Rotary took two dramatic leaps in Sydney. Firstly, Prof Martin Silink, past President of International Diabetes Federation, President Lane Cove Australia, Order of Australia and Paul Harris Fellow presented a major address about diabetes at the opening plenary session. There he described how rotary was helpful in the passage of the UN Resolution on Diabetes and the creation of World Diabetes Day, November 14. The address was warmly received by all 18000 in attendance.

The second event, a breakout hosted by the RAGDiabetes was so oversubscribed that over 100 were turned away. Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic and Rotarians realize that involvement at the local, national and international levels is critical to interdicting the epidemic.


Left to Right: Martin Silink, Graham Ogle, Wayne Edwards and Larry Deeb at the RAGDiabetes Breakout Session in Sydney, June 2014.


The Rotary Club of Ledbury Caribbean Diabetes Foot Care Project

The Rotary Club of Ledbury and the Caribbean Diabetes Foot Care Project would like to thank the Rotary Action Group Diabetes most sincerely for a grant of US $10,000 which will be used to further the work of the Rotary in conjunction with the Step by Step teams in the Caribbean and South America.

In the next few days a Train the Foot Trainers course will be taking place in Brasilia where clinicians from 15 South American countries will be represented. They will be trained to take the Step by Step programmes into their own countries under the auspices of the local diabetes groups, the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and the International Diabetes Federation Faculties and help to train others in the techniques of Diabetic Footcare. We are trying to encourage Rotarians in Brazilia also to be represented at this meeting.

In June 2013 the Rotary Club of Ledbury will be involved in a similar Diabetic Train the Foot Trainers course on Tobago. We are seeking funding from TRF through the RI Matching Grant process.

The aim of these Train the Foot Trainers courses are to help alleviate the enormous costs of the international flights involved in sending the training teams out and also to encourage local participation. Rotary Clubs can and will be used to champion these projects both at a local level and the international level.

Rotary Club of Ledbury – Caribbean Diabetic Footcare Pamphlet (PDF)


Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes
This Rotarian Action Group is not an agency, or controlled by, Rotary International.

For more information, contact C. Wayne Edwards at
8983 Eagles Ridge Drive | Tallahassee, FL 32309 | (850) 386-2323

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