Diabetes education scheme targets Asian community

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Group sessions offered in variety of languages

EXTRA help is being offered to Asian residents in South Birmingham who have been newly-diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

The risk of Type 2 diabetes in people of South Asian heritage is about four to five times as high as that in people of European descent.

Now South Birmingham Community Health has tailored the successful DESMOND diabetes education programme to make it accessible to people with limited English-speaking skills by translating key instructions into Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati and Punjabi.

The course consists of a number of group sessions delivered in a variety of languages.

South Birmingham Community Health’s head of outpatient services, Julie Ravenhall said: “We take great care to deliver services that are accessible and responsive to the needs of all the communities we serve.

“People of South Asian descent are considerably more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than other demographic groups and so we are very pleased that we now have an education programme in place that is tailored for the needs of those communities.”

Anyone of South Asian descent who is registered with a South Birmingham GP and would like to participate in this DESMOND programme or would like more information, should call the South Birmingham Community Health diabetes team on 0121 442 3527 or ask their GP for a referral.

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