Sea Mercy's RIDE Program
The Remote Island Diabetes Education (RIDE) program is the "educational" arm of Sea Mercy's Floating Health Care Clinic (FHCC) operations in the South Pacific.
Sixty years ago, diabetes was virtually unheard of in the South Pacific. Today, diabetes is so prevalent that the news from a doctor is rarely good. 40% of the Pacific island region's population of 9.8 million has been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. These three diseases account for 75% of all deaths across the South Pacific and 40-60% of total health-care expenditure.
A major challenge for Pacific island countries is to reinforce nutrition education in schools by promoting healthy eating practices. On the few primary islands, the message is slowly getting out, but on the 1,000's of more vulnerable remote islands, there is very little access to nutritional or behavior education, creating a deadly epidemic and a desperate call for help.
Sea Mercy's RIDE (remote islands diabetes education) Program offers the best "educational delivery" solution for the remote islanders of the South Pacific. It starts with educating the school age children before the bad nutritional habits are developed, educating the adults about healthy eating and physical activity, and then providing the medical evaluation and treatments needed to give them hope.
Sea Mercy's RIDE program is unique in that it:
- Encourages all remote islanders to attend
- Can be easily setup and delivered at each stop
- Is comprehensive and clear, and will hold their attention
- Creates a "fun" and interactive environment
- Helps empower people with diabetes to make lifestyle changes in the mangagement of diabetes
Our RIDE program is a series of short, but relevant (and culturally appropriate) diabetes educational videos produced in their native language, followed by an entertaining "Hollywood style" movie. The educational aspect of the program will:
- Encourage regular visits and evaluation by trained professionals
- Monitor BP, Cholesterol and blood glucose
- Teach skills to prevent and reduce complications
- Promote healthy eating
- Teach glucose monitoring skills
- Promote a healthy exercise program
- Teach the importance of following a medication plan
Help us make a difference!
Because Sea Mercy's volunteers and programs are self funded (we receive no government assistance), we rely on donations to help us deliver the RIDE program to the thousands of remote islands across the South Pacific. Any donation amount that you can provide will help us change the destiny of a forgotten and neglected people.
Your contribution of any amount will help treat & prevent diabetes and avoid preventable complications - including blindness & amputations.
Scroll down to learn more about our RIDE program where how your donation is used.