Changing Diabetes in Children (CDC) - Uganda

Diabetes Care Uganda (DCU) is a diabetes care programme based at the Diabetes Centre of St. Francis Teaching Hospital, Nsambya, Kampala, Uganda. The DCU programme aims to create a Diabetes Centre of Excellence that incorporates patient-centred prevention, treatment, clinical research and education. This perceived Diabetes Centre of Excellence will functions as a “Hub” to accommodate complementary community services including:- patient self- management training programme services; voluntary sector enabling service for patient support groups; staff training; diabetes community researchers; promotion and patient education resources.

Our Areas of Focus

Measurable Improvements
Increasing the focus on measurable improvements in the quality of the delivery of diabetes care, where the results will be compared with those from other treatment centres to ensure that each centre within the program offers the best possible treatment.
Health Promotion
Continuing to offer the best possible medical treatment to all patients adding new elements through the activities in “Health Promotion”. This will focus on the lifestyle-related and behavioural and psychological elements in the treatment of patients.
Role Model for Diabetes Care
As a Diabetes Centre of Excellence, the St. Francis Hospital Diabetes Clinic will create an exemplar for effective high quality diabetes care with many parallels for other long term conditions. This will distinguish itself through being an innovator in research, teaching, and clinical practice, thereby establishing it as a leader in the country and beyond and creating opportunities for attracting additional external funding.
Diabetes Hub
As a Diabetes Centre of Excellence, the St. Francis Hospital Diabetes Clinic will function as “Hub” linking other smaller diabetes clinics in the community.
Teaching & Training
This unique vision of a Diabetes Centre of Excellence will bring together the complementary elements of teaching and training of both healthcare professionals and patients, enhancing and facilitating high quality self-care and service provision all underpinned and informed by relevant clinical research. This will deliver measurable improvements in health outcomes for local people with diabetes, as well raising our national and international profile for world class diabetes care and research.
Patient's Quality of Life
As a Diabetes Centre of Excellence, the St. Francis Hospital, Diabetes Clinic will ensure that research within the program is aimed towards preventing diabetes and improving the prognosis and quality of life of patients and their families. Science on a high level remains a core activity of the program. As a Diabetes Centre of Excellence, the St. Francis Hospital Diabetes Clinic will endeavor to establish education centres in the community using high quality treatment concepts in line with international centres of excellence.


The vision of the DCU is for integrated services provided in appropriate settings by staff with the adequate skills, and that patients are involved in planning their care and trained in self-management to promote healthy life styles and improve diabetes control and increase their life expectancy. The DCU will provide a stimulus for support to upscale primary and community care staff and provide expert support for practices with populations affected by diabetes and least access to appropriate health care.

Culturally appropriate Diabetes Education

  • Provide a pre-diabetes patient education programme to help people at risk achieve healthy life styles and reverse pre-diabetes.
  • Increase uptake of type 1 and type 2 diabetes patient training programme. Provide patient training in locations, at times and in different ways to respond to the needs of different localities and population groups.
  • Provide support for locality patient/peer support groups for people from rural and disadvantaged communities.


A three-pronged strategy aimed at addressing diabetes and its complications is being implemented at the St. Francis, Nsambya Hospital Diabetes Centre


The HOPIET Project is a Collaborative Project of the Ministry of Health Uganda Government and the Isingiro Ntungamo and Sheema Districts and the World Diabetes Foundation.

The programme will be an integrated community-based disease intervention program in the Districts of Isingiro, Ntungamo and Sheema, in Western Uganda, that will seek to understand the health of the population in epidemiological transition by using large data sets that will be collected overtime.

GOAL: To improve the health the Ugandan population.

AIM: To establish a longitudinal demographic surveillance that will provide data on cultural, social and behavioural determinants of health of a pop-ulation transitioning from malnutrition and infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases and collectively the policy makers, tax payers and planners change the ecosystem, build capacity and improve the clini-cal practice enviroment with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the population.

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