“Our Views Our Voices” Train the Trainer workshops:
This programme is a initiative of the Non Communicable Disease Alliance Lanka which was conducted in collaboration with DASL. The main aim of this programme is to motivate and train person living with NCDs [PLWNCDs] to gain confidences, skill sets to become leaders and voices of change so they can lobby policy makers to improve prevention, care and treatment through shared experiences.
Three workshops were conducted for 75 participants and 10 were selected as leaders/spokespersons to prepare an Advocacy Agenda for Sri Lanka.
Sharing their lived experiences of Persons living with Diabetes and NCDs
Education Awareness and Screening project [EAS]- Northern Province
DASL is now focusing on EAS in the Northern Provinces. In lieu of the World Diabetes Day, our staff initiated this programme in Jaffna in October 2018 and Mullaitivu in February 2019 and March 2019. We thank World Vision and Zoa for their support to obtain community participation and volunteers to train at grass root level. To date, approximately 1050 people (600 people in Jaffna and 450 people from Mullaitivu) have been educated and screened. People at risk and people in need of urgent medical attention were referred to local hospitals. The project is ongoing and we hope to continue to organise programmes in Killinochchi, Vavuniya and Mannar after the pandemic.
This project was supported by a grant from the Sri Lanka Medical Association of North America. The findings of the study was presented in IDF World Congress in Korea in 2019 entitled “Comparison of risk factors amongst war affected urban vs rural population in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.”