Happy birthday, Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation!
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex health condition that affects 1 in 5 women in India. Early diagnosis & treatment of PCOS is important as it has been linked to an increased risk for developing several medical conditions including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. PCOS is an emerging health problem during adolescence, therefore promotion of healthy lifestyles and early interventions at school level are required to prevent future morbidities. Studies predict India will have 98 million diabetics by 2030. PCOS adds greatly to the burden of diabetes in women in India.
Registered NGO Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation runs 'Project Gaia', which is an initiative to empower women & girls with diabetes in India & in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz we demand that PCOS and diabetes education be added to the Menstrual Health education programme in schools in Maharashtra and eventually all over India since this is currently missing. Please share your experiences and thoughts through this survey available in English, Hindi & Marathi (any age, gender, medical history or location is fine). This will help us approach the government with data & demand the inclusion of a PCOS & diabetes module in the Menstrual Health programmes in educational institutions.
Take the survey & share the link with others. Let's be the difference: http://pcos.bluecircle.foundation
We're not always uptight & serious, we also like to have some fun! Register now for our online Bollywood Dance Workshop on Sunday 11th October at 4PM IST on the Blue Circle Workshops platform.
Here's what our September was like at Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation :
Blue Circle Workshops
Blue Circle Workshops are online workshops that are free and open for all, even non diabetics! Join in, have fun and learn new things. Sign up as a member and stay tuned to our social media to know of upcoming workshops.
Sustainable Menstruation Workshop
This workshop was conducted in Hindi by Rajasi, a menstrual educator since we want to be able to reach out to everyone, irrespective of language. It was conducted under Project Gaia, our initiative to empower women and girls living with diabetes in India. Click the post below to read more.
Eye Care Workshop
If you live with diabetes, taking care of your eyes is extremely important. Uncontrolled sugars over a period of time damage your vision. This session was led by opthalmologist & retina specialist, Dr Shahana Mazumdar who also incidentally lives with type 1 diabetes. Click the post below to read the highlights of the workshop.
Bolusing for Food Workshop
How to dose correctly for meals and snacks is what was discussed in this workshop led by Snehal & Rohan who live with T1D. If you want to know how to bolus properly, click the post below to see the takeaways & read this blog to figure your ISF (Insulin Sensitivity Factor), ICR (Insulin Carb Ratio) & correction dose.
Meditation & Yoga Workshop
Well known YouTuber and influencer Aparna Ganesh led our meditation and yoga workshop which was rejuvinating & relaxing.
Anniversary month special
We turned one in September & what an exhilirating year it's been! From bringing together thousands of people with diabetes across India, creating awareness & screening camps in schools, colleges and corporates, creating the Blue Circle Diabetes mobile app, a special calendar featuring people living with diabetes, getting together for innumerable meetups and runs across our chapters in India, making a team of four T1s that walked a 100km & made history, starting initiatives like our app based diabetes and mental health helpline (called the Buddy Project) & Project Gaia, for girls and women with diabetes in India, representing voices of people with diabetes in India at high level panels organised by bodies such as the WHO, to having conducted over 30 workshops since lockdown on our online platform called, Blue Circle Workshops we've come a long way but still have a long path ahead.
Blue Circle Buddy Project
The Buddy Project was born during lockdown and is an app based psychosocial helpline for diabetes and mental health, run by trained, multilingual volunteers living with diabetes. Know more about the Blue Circle Buddy Project.
Schedule a call with a buddy of your choice through the Blue Circle Diabetes mobile app, available on Android and iOS!
The Sugar Diaries
The Sugar Diaries is our YouTube interview series where we talk to everyday heroes living with diabetes. In episode 8, we talk to our friends living with diabetes & who have recovered from Covid. Nupur, Chhavi, Snehal & Rohan speak to Ovi, Sameer, Shilpi, Chaitrali, Sanjivani & Mrunal all of whom are our Corona heroes living with diabetes! If you liked the video, do not forget to like, subscribe & share!
Regional language videos
And Komal's video in Malvani of how to use a syringe.
Global Week for Action on NCDs
We participated in the 3rd Global Week for Action on NCDs (7th to 13th September 2020) by demanding the government consider the needs of people living with NCDs, more so during a pandemic, by addressing the financial, mental health & other burdens that we must live with in addition to our medical conditions.
Nupur believes people living with NCDs need to have a seat at the decision making table.
Snehal reinforces the importance of mental health and peer support.
Chhavi reminds us that a strong community is a powerful thing.
Nupur was a guest on Dr V Mohan's Facebook Live Conversation Series, video below:
September campaign : #ThankYouBCDF
We run monthly campaigns on our social media platforms. We pick a topic each month & invite you all to send in your entries through the Blue Circle Diabetes app, to be able to get featured on our platforms. Here's Nupur, launching the September campaign.
Snehal talks about what Blue Circle means to her.
Sajan shares this thoughts while at work, on how his life has become better after associating with a community.
Madhura might be far away but she's still close to our hearts!
Arvinder quickly summarises his experience of associating with Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation.
The sweet couple Ruchika & Arvind share their love with us.
Resident champ Mayur shares his thoughts and (watch till the end) sings a beautiful song too!
Rohan has benefitted from the community & is giving back in equal measure!
Mouparna sums up the mood of the month.
Connect with us and participate!
Join our Facebook support group, like and follow our page, subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram and Twitter too! If you would like to share and contribute content upload it to the Blue Circle app and don't forget to check out our website and free helpline too!