Humanity & Inclusion Indonesia through the Diabetes Project World Diabetes Foundation, also known as gendhismanis_id Gendhis Manis, carried out a refresher training for posbindu community health volunteers on 24-26 August 2020 in Tegalrejo subdistrict office in Yoygakarta City, Indonesia. Gendhis Manis, which literally means “sweet sugar” is an acronym that means Healthy Life Movement against Diabetes Mellitus. Fifteen volunteers from 3 posbindu participated in the training, which was held for three days in the morning only from 8:30 to 11:00. The activity was conducted in collaboration with the Yogyakarta City Health Office (CHO) and Tegalrejo Health Center. Health staff from the CHO and puskesmas health centers served as the resource persons.
As the volunteers were trained last year on diabetes prevention and early detection of diabetic foot, this refresher training was aimed at further improving their knowledge and skills to facilitate diabetes education sessions in the community. The session also focused on enhancing their skills to screen diabetes risk factors and diabetic foot, with emphasis on COVID-19 safety protocol. This 3-day training also followed COVID-19 measures, and participants and resource persons use masks and face shields, wash their hands before entering the training room, and observe physical distancing.
After completing the training, one of the participants said, "now it's easier to convey diabetes prevention messages to my community".
Story by: Edwin Daru Anggara