Abbott Program to Advance Diabetes Care in Bolivia
Since 2006, Abbott and the Abbott Fund have partnered with Direct Relief International to support the education and outreach activities of Centro Vivir Con Diabetes, a non-governmental organization dedicated to low-income adults and children living with both type I and type II diabetes in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The Abbott Fund has provided grants to support diabetes education, expand public outreach campaigns, train health care personnel in diabetes management, and establish and expand the number of core diabetes educators. Abbott also has donated glucose screening and monitoring equipment, and disease-specific nutritional products. Since the partnership began, there has been a 260% annual increase in detections of diabetes. The patients that have been diagnosed have been counseled on how to manage their disease and encouraged to seek follow-up care through the Centro Vivir Con Diabetes.