7th Board Meeting
MoPoTsyo patient information centre held its 7th Board Meeting on the 7th of month 7, 2007 in Phnom Penh. The main discussion topics were on how the organisation can best address the challenges described in the Mid Term Review report. The Board Members floated their ideas while on board of the riverboat Mekong Flower floating up and down the Tonle Sap river.
After the discussions the boat briefly returned to shore to allow the office staff and the (trainee) peer educators to join for further informative exchanges accompanied with a lunch. Afterwards individual blood sugars were checked under loud cheering [09-07-2007].
Step forward thanks to Swiss Red Cross, French Embassy and World Diabetes Foundation
MoPoTsyo is informed by the Swiss Red Cross in Takeo, French Embassy in Phnom Penh and by the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) in Kopenhagen that they will finance part of MoPoTsyo's intervention in the rural area of Ang Roka. This is very good news, in particular for the more than 2,000 people with diabetes living in Ang Roka and who had little access to care. It is also good news for people with diabetes in other parts of Cambodia. Namely, if MoPoTsyo's rural intervention works as well as it does in the urban slums, we will start to copy the new rural model to other rural areas. Thanks to the WDF, Swiss Red Cross and the Fonds Social du Développement (FSD) of the French Embassy we can now make this important step [19-06-07].
Start of the rural program in Takeo province
MoPoTsyo patient information centre started in Takeo province, a rural area with more than 130.000 people, approximately 100 km south of Phnom Penh city. Having successfully passed their exams, three new peer educators received equipment to start detecting and coaching other people with diabetes within the population covered by their local health center. When the program started, it was found that pregnant women who use the public service do not get tested for hyperglycemia. Urine strips are not available at the health centers and the local hospital does not have any ketone strips and knowledge of diabetes is low among health staff. The villagers and health staff have shown great interest. We will report on the results [01-06-2007]