Rwanda: Ministry of Health Launches Diabetes Awareness Campaign

The Ministry of Health, through Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), has launched a weeklong diabetes awareness campaign ahead of the World Diabetes Day.

The campaign, launched yesterday in Kigali, runs from today through November 14 when the World Diabetes Day will be marked.

The World Diabetes Day is marked annually to unite the global diabetes community to create a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy, and engaging governments, individuals and communities to bring the diabetes epidemic into the public spotlight and on national agenda.

The launch yesterday involved mass sports, free medical examination activities, including screening of diabetes, heart diseases, eye diseases, body mass index, waist circumference, and giving information about diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Speaking to The New Times, Dr Marie-Aimée Muhimpundu, the head of the NCDs Division at RBC, said the campaign is meant to raise awareness not only on diabetes and its risk factors alone but also other NCDs.

Campaign activities throughout the week will include provincial NCDs screening activities and mass sports in four provincial headquarters’ towns; Karongi, Rwamagana, Nyanza and Musanze.

The screening package will include body mass index, blood pressure, and eye check up.

On the part of sensitisation, activities will include lighting the Kigali Convention Centre dome in blue (the colour of world diabetes day), two diabetes awareness half-marathons, and mass media campaigns on radio stations, TVs and newspapers aiming at improving the understanding and knowledge of diabetes among Rwandans and showing the importance of sports in combating diabetes.

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