25 February 2016 – Diabetes Clinic

An important topic that the Sizabantwana members wanted to learn more about was diabetes. This is a disease that many people suffer with but has a particularly adverse effect on children.

The team from the diabetes clinic at Greys Hospital were very willing to talk to us about this. The team, headed by clinical psychologist David Blackbeard and social worker Hlengiwe Jili.

They took us through what diabetes is and how careful those with diabetes need to be with their diet. The main focus of the discussion was looking at the challenges that children with diabetes and their families face. It can be very difficult to control blood sugar levels especially in food insecure households. This may cause children to become ill, and require hospitalisation in more serious cases.

To try and minimise this as much as possible there is a diabetes clinic held once a month where the child and their parent, or guardian, attend and receive training and health care.

The teachers were very appreciative of this information and there was a thorough discussion on how they can assist their students who have diabetes to ensure they are understood, but to also look out for warnings signs that a student who may have diabetes.

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