Peer educators in diabetes


#1

While diabetes education is shown to improve physiological measures such as HbA1c, these educators are a scarce resource in many countries.

Managing one’s diabetes involves continued and long term commitment in carrying out daily tasks and decision making. This requires support, mentoring and education. Peers can offer these as they are of the “same standing”, can relate to patient’s daily struggles.

A peer in this context would be a person who has diabetes or is affected by diabetes. Some peer educators are community health workers, or health promoters who may or may not have diabetes. They tend to come from the same community, speak the same language or be from the same cultural or ethnic group.
What is your experience with peer education in your country?


#2

I firmly believe that peer education in diabetes is crucial not only a supportive approach but also in enhancing enlightenment. Having worked with people with mental health. The talking therapy approach I would equate it to peer learning. In a community people know each other and are aware of the challenges some of their peers have gone through and lived to tell the tale. These are or can be used as motivational resources of evidence based proof that if one of us can pull through the others too can. Also learning from the living proof helps not to reinvent the wheel as it were when it comes to mapping out supporting approaches