Diabetes Compass: A screening campaign with communities at heart

By the end of this year, a diabetes screening tool that will enable community workers to easily screen people is ready to be launched in the two partner countries Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
To make sure that the new tool is adapted to the communities' needs and cultural practices, and that it will empower them to improve their health through screening and prevention, the Digital Health team at WDF travelled to the two partner countries to co-create a sensitisation campaign with community stakeholders and partners. 
The Diabetes Compass initiative kickstarted in 2021 to develop free and simple digital solutions for diabetes tailored to the real needs of local communities and healthcare systems challenged by scarce resources and vulnerabilities along the care pathway.  
And there are exciting times ahead, as the first solution, a diabetes community screening tool, will soon be deployed in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. This tool is an app that will enable local community workers to easily screen community members at no cost in their own homes, thus removing important barriers to access to screening in these areas.