A diabetes epidemic in Fiji.
Our mission at Own2Feet is to assist in the unique challenges that medically underserved amputees in the region of the South Pacific face, including: fitting and fabrication of prosthesis; education regarding prosthesis care; and smooth transition for the social, psychological and economic issues associated with life as an amputee. Our secondary aim is to prevent amputation, which in the South Pacific involves diabetic testing, diabetic education and lower limb care.
Through partnering with government, local organizations, and villages, we can inspire change… one step at a time.
Diabetes in Fiji
The ongoing epidemic of diabetes in Fiji is expected to double in size by 2030. Thus, focusing solely on the consequences of diabetes including amputation is not an option. Prevention has to start immediately.
ONE IN SIX PEOPLE BETWEEN 25 AND 64 YEARS OF AGE IN THE COUNTRY ARE DIABETIC. THIS MEANS THAT 76,130 FIJIANS SUFFER FROM SOME FORM OF DIABETES.
DR. JOE KOROIVUETA
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Plan of Action
Primary prevention of diabetes:
This involves actually preventing diabetes in the first place, so that in years to come we will have less prosthetics to fit and amputees to serve.
Secondary prevention of diabetes:
This involves preventing the complications of diabetes, including most importantly to us, loss of limb. Most secondary prevention of diabetes will involve identifying current diabetics and helping them to care for their blood sugars and feet.