Diabetes Action CIC (DAC) was initially set up as Diabetes Action Group in 2017 and change status as Community Interest Company in 2019. DAC is a Non-for-Profit organisation passionate about improving the lives of people at risk of developing diabetes and those affected by all types of diabetes particularly BAME Groups who are disproportionately affected by Diabetes. For the past 2 years, DAC has worked tirelessly in engaging with local residents and stakeholders in placing the health and wellness of children, young people, adults and families at the centre of our work, uniting the community in preventative actions and a voice for more comprehensive and quality services for people with Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
Diabetes is serious and often silent killer. Diabetes is the fastest-growing health threat facing our nation. We have over three million people living with diabetes in England.
The number of people with diabetes is set to rise beyond 592 million worldwide by 2030. It is a major threat to global Public Health and it is rapidly getting worse. The cost of treating diabetes nationally and locally is significant, with £8 billion per year being spent across the UK each year 1.
About 80% of health expenditure goes on the treatment of complications associated with diabetes (such as cardiovascular, disease, amputations and visual loss), which could be potentially be reduced through improved early identification and proactive management.
Diabetes prevalence, particularly type II, is expected to continue to rise over the coming years, in line with overweight and obesity figures. Diabetes is not only a major cause of premature deaths but can also lead to severe health problems including high blood pressure, blindness, amputation, stroke, kidney failure and it is rising among both children and adults. It also has a psychological, social, and economic impact on their family. It’s time to do more to help families of all people affected.
The increasing prevalence of diabetes puts more and more pressure on diabetes services. For example, over the last decade the number of primary care contacts because of diabetes have risen by a quarter to an estimated 800,000 contacts per year. Diabetes services have worked extremely hard to absorb these pressures and new innovative approaches are required to prevent pandemic in the future.
Diabetes is responsible for many complications with:
• 344 lower leg amputations were carried out yearly.
• 6314 cataract surgeries were carried out.
• Three thousand and fifty-five (3055) of these were among diabetic patients.
• One thousand two hundred and thirteen patients (1213) undergone dialysis and 50% of these are diabetic patients
In addition to the rising NHS and economy cost, increase number of people with diabetes come with heavy price both for individuals and their families.
Compared with the white population, Type 2 Diabetes is up to six times more common in people of South Asian descent and up to three times more common in those of African and African-Caribbean descent. The average age at diagnosis is getting younger and relative risk of death at any age between three and six times higher in minority ethnic groups.
Over the next three years, our plan is to continue to build on the strength of our educational, holistic and well-being programmes. We are committed to engage in dialogue with residents about social and health issues faced by them and work together to address them.
Our approach is to reach out to first and second generation of Afro-Caribbean and Asian immigrants who according to statistics are disproportionately affected by diabetes. We are committed to reducing the impact of diabetes on this minority ethnic group.
Diabetes is preventable with changes to diet, physical exercise and mental health. However, changing attitudes and behaviour in the Afro-Caribbean and Asian community presents many cultural challenges, including: overcoming attitudes about discussing health; differences in traditional food and preferences; confronting the significant reduction in physical activity; health inequality, social isolation, language barriers, citizenship status and others. Environmental barriers to good health outcome due to low-income, and tendency to rely on fast foods, soft drinks and alcohol are also major cause of concern and need to be addressed.
We plan to work with individuals and stakeholders to increase awareness about diabetes, its complications, and provide an innovative solution in tackling this health burden, particularly to be a voice and work with health policy makers.
Diabetes Action CIC
Cllr Yemi Osho is a distinguished Nurse Practitioner of over 30 years with academic qualifications up to Masters Level. An outstanding leader and a role model both within nursing profession and politics. Her core value as an activist over 25 years is about fighting social injustice, inequality and unfairness. The humanitarian aspect of nursing was a smooth transition to become a politician as well as innate desire to serve humanity from a young age and the love to make a difference in people’s lives.
Cllr Yemi Osho has led extensively in the advancement of health and social care and great advocate for high quality patient care. She has worked in various senior management and board roles in the NHS including serving on two CCG boards and as a Director of Nursing.
As Nurse, Councillor and past Mayor of London Borough of Waltham Forest, she has touched so many lives positively by representing members of her constituency and worked tirelessly in bringing members of the diverse community together. In 2011, she set up E17 Kitchen as a platform for health promotion and received National ‘Activist of the Year Award’. She has further recieved other accolades in recognition of her philanthropic and charitable work in support of the less privileged in the community.
Her tenacity is extraordinary and she is dedicated in making a difference in people’ lives. She was awarded Queen’s Nurse Title in 2012 by The Queens Nursing Institute in recognition of her leadership and commitment to providing high quality care to patients in the community. In 2017, Waltham Forest Diabetes Support Group was set up during her mayoral year. Cllr Yemi Osho has published articles on health & political issues and she is a public speaker.
Maria Sanchez is a qualified Registered Nurse, Midwife and the Founder and Executive Director of Treehouse Nursery School for over 25 years. The nursery school also include Breakfast Club, Afterschool Club and a Holiday club. It is a long established nursery school and reputable for providing childcare for infants and young children.
Maria Sanchez is a philanthropist who has raised several pounds for various charities. In 2017, she was one of recipients of National NMT nursery award for the lifetime achievement in recognition of her dedication and significant contribution in creating an outstanding service for children in their early years and their families.
Monica Saunders is a qualified Social Worker of over 18years. She holds BA and MA in Social Policy and a Social Work qualification. She has worked across the board in both children and adult social care sectors .
She has worked in various capacity as a social worker including number of strategic management and board positions within the local authority and has been a Lead Inspector within the Inspection and Commissioning. She is an expert in Child Protection, Children in Need and Families Services.
She is an outstanding manager and has good knowledge of financial management as well as grassroots community engagement experience and fundraising.