The HCJMRI Jehangir Hospital runs a charitable clinic for children with Type 1 Diabetes. They approached FM for funding support to reach more people. In accordance with our approach to social initiatives, we spent some time in the community trying to understand the current context and need, and learnt that cases were increasing in the community despite access to hospital care. While treatment was accessible to the community we found that most families did not follow up on continuous care for their children due to a lack of funds and ongoing medical supplies, and general awareness or understanding of the importance of continuous follow-up of this disease.
To assist in regular follow-ups, we decided to invest in social workers in the communities who would carry out frequent patient checks, offer counselling and consultation, and provide enough information for families to take the necessary measures towards improved health.
13-year-old Mukesh would often skip his insulin dose and did not maintain the healthy diet required for treatment due to his parents not having the time or awareness of the negative effects of improper care. A community social worker visited Mukesh’s home every day for 15 days to help them check his daily insulin levels, and encourage adequate nutrition and physical activity, until Mukesh’s insulin levels dropped to 8.
10-year-old Kiran was admitted to the PICU at DY Patil hospital for Diabetic Ketoacidosis after showing symptoms of vomiting and breathlessness. Her mother admitted that they did not pay much heed to Kiran’s health for over a month which likely resulted in her hospitalisation. A Community Social Worker visited the hospital and counselled the family on treatment adherence and monitoring. FM also paid for Kiran’s hospital fees so that it wouldn’t be a barrier for the family to give Kiran the best treatment she could get.