Bhutanese Refugees With Diabetes Support One Another
Bhutanese women convene bi-monthly to battle diabetes communally through a support group.
Last December, the Special Health Needs group started a new support group for Bhutanese refugees who live with diabetes. There were initial focus group meetings in November to decide as a group what topics of discussion would be most interesting.
They meet every two weeks to discuss aspects of living with diabetes including: the disease process, the signs and symptoms of the disease, when to take action, medications for treating the disease, and ways to improve nutrition to minimize problems associated with diabetes. At this time, an intern with the Special Health Needs Program facilitates the group by providing health education.
The hope is that this group will grow and transition with the participants eventually taking over organizing the meetings and serving as resources to their community. We welcome any Nepali-speaking clients to our group who have diabetes or are caring for someone with diabetes.