São Paulo, Brazil (November 14, 2015) – On World Diabetes Day, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) celebrates its partnership with Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, to improve diabetes care in Brazil.
PADF received a two-year Health Access Grant from Medtronic Philanthropy to build the capacity of the Brazilian Juvenile Diabetes Association (ADJ) based in São Paulo. PADF was nominated by a team of Medtronic employees.
More than 11 million Brazilians—about nine percent of the population—live with diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation. With funding from Medtronic Philanthropy and technical support from PADF, the Brazilian Juvenile Diabetes Association is strengthening its educational and treatment programs.
The Medtronic grant has allowed ADJ to scale up its health care services to at-risk communities. PADF worked with ADJ to improve and broaden its communications strategy. The association upgraded their website to offer a range of multimedia resources for people living with diabetes, including free screening tools. This has helped them increase their reach and raise awareness about diabetes nationwide.
“The new site allows people to reach ADJ more easily, whether as volunteers or patients,” says ADJ Marketing Director Luiz Kitamura. “There was even an increase in donations. This tool has allowed us to put more energy into our goals while improving our ability to disseminate information."
ADJ promotes awareness about diabetes and offers free care to those affected by the disease. The association offers a wide range of programs on both type 1 and 2 diabetes including a day camp for kids with diabetes, a mobile clinic, free workshops on nutrition and self-care and one-on-one meetings with physicians. ADJ is also developing educational software tools for the management of diabetes.
Since ADJ launched their new website, they have seen a 9.2 percent increase in the number of groups registered for membership and a 65 percent increase in the number of volunteers, which are key for the provision of their services.
“We are pleased to partner with Medtronic and ADJ to raise awareness about diabetes and to offer services to people who are vulnerable,” says Luisa Villegas, PADF program director for South America. “Everyone, regardless of income or status, should have access to quality health resources.”
About Medtronic and Medtronic Philanthropy
Medtronic plc (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 85,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in approximately 160 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together. Medtronic Philanthropy focuses on expanding access to quality chronic disease care among underserved populations worldwide, in addition to supporting health initiatives in communities where Medtronic employees live and give. http://philanthropy.medtronic.com
In 2014, PADF’s innovative programs benefited more than 15 million people in 27 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. In Brazil, the Foundation has been working for more than a decade to engage companies and partners in various projects focused on a number of social issues, including literacy, education, environmental protection, access to health services and support in the aftermath of natural disasters. www.padf.org