The first of our strategies is to provide kits for early detection of Type 2 Diabetes and associated lifestyle diseases.
These will be provided by 10,000 Toes and your generous donations. The kits provide user-friendly screening tools for the early detection of Type 2 Diabetes. Also other associated lifestyle diseases. The re-useable kits will allow trained local people to administer appropriately. Above all, they can take further action if needed.
Included in the kits will be glucometer’s to detect the possibility of diabetes in the body by testing blood sugar glucose levels. This is vital in early detection of the disease and prevention of complications such as amputation of toes and limbs!
First of all, full training on the use, and on-going maintenance of the various components of the kits will occur.
The screening kits cost approximately $150 each. It is our goal to provide one to each village, and province of each South Pacific Island. As a result we will be saving 10k toes and beyond! You can help by donating here.
The second of our strategies is to implement community based programs. This is to prevent, arrest and reverse the diabetic pandemic sweeping across the Pacific.
10,000 Toes is passionate about educating and equipping the people of the Pacific Islands. Firstly encouraging and resourcing them to take charge of their health. As a result, they can reverse the epidemic of diabetes in their homes.
We will be educating whole villages and families about the benefits of healthy living. This will help to prevent and reverse diabetes and other lifestyle diseases in current and future generations. A holistic approach includes teaching about nutrition, exercise, good sleep, hygiene, fresh air and much more.
Delivered by ADRA Australia, the ‘Live More Abundantly’ and the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) are evidence-based interventions. They will provide culturally appropriate lifestyle education and support. This will enable South Pacific families to make the changes needed to stamp out Type 2 Diabetes in their communities. Teams of trained facilitators will present these programs. They will be provided with resources, ongoing training and accountability. You can help by donating here.
Upskill Health Professionals to be able to diagnose and treat Type 2 Diabetes, and associated lifestyle diseases.
The third of our strategies is one of great importance. Upskilling and training medical professionals to be able to diagnose and detect Type 2 Diabetes early. To be able to better manage the complications, and as a result offer a more holistic approach to treatment via lifestyle changes.
Extra training will be provided in areas such as advanced wound management and rehabilitation. Appropriate pharmaceutical treatments and possible disease reversal will also be addressed.
We have established the South Pacific Society of Lifestyle Medicine. This is to foster the free sharing of up-to-date relevant information and learnings relating to lifestyle diseases.
75% of deaths in the South Pacific are due to diabetes and lifestyle related diseases. We need to act now to reverse this horrific trend, and help our neighbouring countries in the South Pacific Islands who don’t have access to the technology, training and healthcare that we enjoy in the western world. You can help by donating here.