Pilot

Palestine Prevention Diabetes Program was initially a 1 year project that focuses on lifestyle modification. This project funded by Portland Trust which targets Palestinian pre-diabetic refugee women located in Al-Jalazoon refugee camp in Ramallah District.

The intervention is composed of nutrition, physical education and yoga sessions, with an intention of losing 5-7% of the women’s body weight aiming in prevention of diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program DPP is a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health NIH and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC. The results of the study elaborated that specific lifestyle modification and changes and continuing them over time can prevent type 2 diabetes in people who are at risk.

The project in Palestine is developed after the US Diabetes Prevention Program in 2002 and the Finnish Diabetes Prevention study in 2003.

The project ended in May 2017 but based on the success stories and lifestyle modification of the participants in the PPD program, the project was extended to another three years with different locations within the West Bank for the years 2018 – 2021.

The project will include 300 pre-diabetic refugee women in Al-Amary, Qalandia, Qadoura, Jalazoon and Shufat refugee camps within the Ramallah district.

Project Aim

The project’s aim to support and empower participants to take an active role in changing their own health outcomes by promoting lifestyle changes in the areas of nutrition and physical exercise, with the specific goal of reducing the onset of type 2-diabetes among program participants according to the Diabetes Prevention Program DPP.

Intervention

This project’s intervention and implementation with the selected pre diabetic women helped women to learn the fact about healthy eating and being active; learn what makes it hard for a person or the challenges for eating healthy and becoming more active; to learn how to change one’s habits to healthier habits; and maintain ling term support to stick with the changes adopted. The program’s goals are to lose weight of about 5-7% of total body weight and be more physically active.

Impact

Weight, BMI have decreased for a total of 100% of participants. HbA1c was reduced in a percentage of 67%, and none of the participants reached the diabetic stage.

This project falls under: Promoting Healthy Lifestyle: Preventing Non-Communicable Diseases NCDs Campaigns, Strengthening Environmental Activities for Better Environmental Governance and Protecting the Right and Improve Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in East Jerusalem