YWD hosted a total of 9 camps this year for 379 children (including Botswana and Namibia).
Our campers gain new skills in managing their condition through the peer-to-peer system which YWD employs. Among other things, children learn about the effects of carbohydrates on their blood glucose, the importance of injection site rotations, and home ketone management to avoid hospital admissions.
Other than the educational aspect of camps, children and teens also gain invaluable psychosocial support from attending our camps. By being with other children living with diabetes we help eliminate feelings of isolation and difference. Our Youth Leaders serve as role models to campers and also act as mentors, not only in diabetes but also academics, sport and social aspects of growing up.
In 2014 we implemented a new revamped leadership trianing camp. We developed, packaged and printed an official curriculum with the assistance of a professional developer, graphic designer and facilitator. This high quality material will be used in the future to train additional leaders and will contribute to marketing our youth leadership program in future. From 10 – 14 July 2014, 46 Youth Leaders attended the YWD leadership camp at Achterbergh Camp and Conference Centre in Krugersdorp. This served as phase 1 of our new designed three tiered leadership program.
This year YWD resented our teacher training material to five different schools around Gauteng. We also hosted an elegant breakfast for mothers of children with diabetes on 30 August 2014 in Johannesburg. A total of 60 moms were given the opportunity to share their challenges and build their personal network of support. We had the support of our sponsors who set up a tables at the venue to answer questions about their products and/or services.
YWD organised and facilitated a diabetes educational day at The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on 30 August 2014 for 20 children and their families. Children were educated specifically on hypo- and hyperglycaemia, and participated in fun activities with a free lunch.
YWD hosted a stand at the Centre of Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) Annual Forum at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre on 8-10 August 2014. We supplied general information about our camps; displayed new educational material; offered low-carb cupcakes that delegates could decorate as an interactive activity; hosted a raffle with the prize of a unique painting created by one of our members; and networked with other industry partners. YWD also attended a diabetes health day hosted by Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton on 8 November 2014.
In support of the IDF’s World Diabetes Day theme, YWD hosted a “Go Blue for Breakfast” campaign during the month November 2014. Facebook members were encouraged to include a blue item in their healthy breakfast and upload a photo of this with the carbohydrate count to our group. YWD attended the diabetes awareness event hosted at the CDE in Houghton, Johannesburg on 14 November 2014. We also had media coverage by SABC 2, PowerFM and eNCA.
YWD hosted a total of 8 camps this year for 339 children. This year we had our first camp in Windhoek, Namibia! We again hosted a support day for mothers of children with diabetes for 60 moms in Johannesburg. We also designed a comprehensive teacher’s training manual on dealing with diabetes in the classroom that was available in January 2014. YWD had a stand at the annual Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology Forum in August to promote our camps and services.
Our general manager, Kerry Kalweit, represented South Africa in the Young Leaders in Diabetes program hosted by the International Diabetes Federation in Melbourne, Australia.
YWD hosted a total of 9 camps this year for 297 children.
A research project was initiated to evaluate the psychosocial impact of diabetes on the children. A support day was held for mothers of children with diabetes for 40 moms in Johannesburg.
Youth With Diabetes acquired 4 new regions in 2011 for camps, namely Cape Town, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and Kwazulu Natal. A total of 11 camps were offered for 283 children.
YWD presented academic research on the benefits of the Youth Leadership training at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) conference in Dubai during December.
The need to grow YWD and get a bigger support network was the main focus. DYL training was our main focus and to get this established a national training camp was held. Leaders were trained on project management and are in the process of registering projects to implement in their regions for YWD.
We also offered camps in Gauteng, Botswana, Bloemfontein, George, and East London. Once again our camps are getting bigger and reaching youngsters from all over South Africa and Africa.
The school project also became bigger and a play was presented at different schools in Gauteng and teacher training was done at a few schools. These sessions were all done by the young adults with diabetes – with the help of health professionals.
We also assisted DSA in Gauteng and Cape Town with their global walk on World Diabetes Day. We also gained some exposure through public speaking in Gauteng at different occasions, regarding World Diabetes Month.
We started the year with another Diabetes Youth Leader (DYL) national training and was interview by SABC 2 “Blue Couch” and Morning Live. This year we started to get much more media coverage. Sandiso also spoke on 3Talk. In World Diabetes Month, Gareth and Hester was invited to talk on different radio stations. Gareth was also interviewed by Love Life magazine and wrote an article. Some of the leaders were also involved in the show “Whip the chef” – covering diabetes.
This year our camps got bigger and were held in different provinces. Our biggest camps where up to 75 kids from all different parts of the world. We hosted 8 camps in total.
Our first family event was a picnic at the Johannesburg Zoo and this included youth with diabetes from all the age groups.
School projects started with the main focus on talking to the teachers about diabetes. The target was the teachers of children from the age groups pre-school and primary school.
We also assisted in several open days and health days on World Diabetes Month, helping with awareness.
We were also involved in two national conferences by presenting and having a stand.
This was our biggest and most successful year in YWD. We did 4 camps in Gauteng, 1 each in Bloemfontein, East London, George and Botswana.
This year we participate in 2 international conferences and another CDE conference as well as a NOD (Nurses On Diabetes) which included manning the exhibition stand and giving presentations on diabetes.
At the ISPAD conference in Durban we did a Youth Leader Training for 20 young adults from all over Africa.
The Youth Committee of YWD also got diabetes to be added on the LSEN documents at schools. Being in matric they realised that there is no help for them if they experience problems and will not be granted extra time in exams. They negotiated with the Department of Health and got it approved and on the list.
This was also our first year that civvies days in schools was implemented and corporates were invited to join. The fee was R5 per sticker. This was very successful and the big focus was on raising funds for Dr. Segal and Paniotti (a 9 year old type 1 diabetic) to run in the New york marathon “Kids Chain for Diabetes”. We raised the money but unfortunately the marathon was canceled and the money had to be returned to the sponsors.
We started planning YWD, raised awareness and planned golf days for fund raising. We decided on a name and got our logo finalised. With the help of Charl Oosthuizen we got YWD registered as a Non-profit Organisation (NPO). The organisation was established specially for youth because of the lack of services and support available for youth.
This was also the first year that YWD was invited to speak at an annual CDE forum – a conference attended by all health professional in the field of diabetes. We planned a big golf day to raise money and CDE also sponsored a dinner to help raising funds. Unfortunately the legislation changed, no pharmaceutical company could participate in golf days, our big event was cancelled and the money been pledged to us, not received.
This set-back did not prevent us from going ahead and we still held 4 very successful camps in this year. Our 2nd Diabetes Youth leader training was offered, but this time in the different provinces. This helped saving costs and we could do bigger groups.
The committee members went to Johannesburg General Hospital in this year to motivate the youth and get a feeling for what they need, to help them with their planning and how to improve their lives “living with diabetes”. There was a need for some identification owned by YWD for person with diabetes and their supporters and YWD wrist bands where designed.
First National Leaders Training was held for 40 motivated youngsters. After this we hosted 3 camps in that year with the help of these Youth Leaders.
The motivated young leaders decided to form a group that will do something for youth with diabetes, because there was no organisation or real support group for youth with diabetes in SA. They met frequently and started to plan something with a bigger dream. They decided on the name “for youth with diabetes – let’s inject our influence in diabetes”. Martin Salkow was given the title of Youth Ambassador for South Africa and we decided to invite him to be part of our team.
First teenager camp was held. We saw the need for people to help us on these youth camps to run it more often and in a safe manner. We realised: who better than their peers? So we developed a course: Diabetes Youth Leader Training.