Unmasking the Silent Enemy: CINI & Arogya World Partner for Diabetes Prevention


Madhyamgram, West Bengal – : CINI, in collaboration with Arogya World, organized a two-day diabetes prevention orientation program on July 3rd and 4th, 2024, at Najrul Mancha, Madhyamgram. This initiative aimed to educate students, local communities, and healthcare professionals about preventing and controlling diabetes. In India, an estimated 77 million people above the age of 18 years are suffering from diabetes (type 2) and nearly 25 million are prediabetics (at a higher risk of developing diabetes in the near future). Over 50% of people are unaware of their diabetic status, leading to health complications if not detected and treated early. Adults with diabetes have a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.


The event was graced by the presence of distinguished guests such as the District Information Officer (N 24 Parganas), DMCHO (N 24 Parganas & Barasat HD), DPC of RBSK-RKSK (N 24 Parganas & Barasat HD), Dr. Santwana Adhikari, Arnab Karar  and Saikat Chatterjee (CINI).


Over 1600 Participants Equipped with Knowledge. The program attracted a diverse group of participants, including nodal teachers from primary schools, medical officers from RBSK and RKSK programs, lady counselors, CDPOs, and representatives from partner NGOs. Notably, teenagers actively participated in the program, from anchoring sessions to volunteering in various capacities. Over the two days, the program offered a unique blend of informative sessions and engaging activities. Interactive elements such as magic shows, puppetry shows, and awareness dramas effectively communicated crucial information about diabetes prevention, diagnosis, and management.


Sujoy Roy, National Advocacy Officer, CINI, emphasized, "Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation. Lifestyle changes are the best way to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. CINI is committed to promoting better diabetic education and knowledge to control and treat diabetes through such programs at the right time. This will help reduce risk factors, minimize the chances of developing complications, and ultimately reduce morbidity and mortality in diabetics."


In its Golden Jubilee year, CINI's initiative serves as a significant step towards combating this "silent enemy" by empowering communities with the knowledge and tools necessary to prevent and manage diabetes effectively

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