“Our association has trained more than 300 caregivers, who can empower other community leaders, and ensure that their support groups are effective. In addition, we led an initiative to train a total of 48 rural health promoters in five chiefdoms in the Sisliweni district, and Another group of 20 rural health promoters were trained in the Lubombo region.
WHO / Daniel Toro
Lack of medicines
Although the closure negatively affected our operations, we were able to visit health centers across the country, and soon we discovered that most of the rural clinics did not have adequate and adequate medicines, so we pressed to provide more of them, and work closely with the Ministry of Health.
We have also been in close contact with the UN: The UN Country Team in Eswatini has stepped up efforts to help the government purchase adequate stocks of medical supplies in healthcare facilities in response to Corona Virus Pandemic and the World Health Organization (Who is theEswatini has supported the development of information and educational materials, which help us communicate a variety of critical issues such as nutrition, coping mechanisms, and prevention.
WHO / Daniel Toro
Creating opportunities to get out of the Coronavirus crisis
When I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2005, I did not know how to deal with my condition, and there was no help readily available. I was in a coma for three days, and when I woke up, I told myself that I would be learning everything to learn about this disease. Since then, nothing has prevented me from going the extra mile to achieve my goal: spreading my knowledge and helping other diabetics. Not even Covid-19.
In this time of economic crisis, we are also helping diabetics improve their livelihoods. For example, I mobilized a group of women in my community to start the textile and handicraft business. I was fortunate enough to successfully convince local textile companies to donate waste materials to us, and that we are recycling to produce a lot of useful products that we then sell to the community, including face masks, soaps and disinfectants.
We have other plans to help unemployed youth earn a living: A branch of an association in Sisliweni, in the south of the country, has embarked on a project to create a vocational center that will provide them with these skills they need. .
We must create a stronger health system to meet the needs of people with diabetes. There is a lot of work to be done if we want to have a healthier future in Eswatini: we need to invest more in prevention, early diagnosis, screening, treatment and rehabilitation. “