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The Kerala Diabetes Prevention Program

 

The Kerala Diabetes Prevention Program (KDPP) is a peer-led group based lifestyle intervention, aimed at individuals who are at high risk of developing. Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent in India, with more than 60 million now estimated to have the disease. In the southern state of Kerala Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 20% of the population, and as many people are estimated to be at high risk of developing the disease. This has earned Kerala the dubious reputation as the “Diabetes capital of India”.

The implementation and evaluation of KDPP is being led by Professor Brian Oldenburg from the University of Melbourne in Australia and by Professor Thankappan from the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Trivandrum, Kerala. Professors Oldenburg and Thankappan developed the program in collaboration with Peers for Progress Global Director Ed Fisher.

The program is designed to encourage positive lifestyle changes and reduce the risk of developing diabetes through a series of peer-led small group sessions held within the local communities. To date more than 500 individuals have participated in the program, and early data indicates that the peer-led sessions have been implemented with high fidelity and are very well attended. Feedback from participants as well as preliminary findings from the evaluation of the program also indicate that the program is effective in encouraging behavioural changes and reducing the risk of developing diabetes in participants.

This video illustrates all aspects of the program, its implementation, and evaluation. The video was filmed in Kerala and it features the project team as well as many of the participants as they deliver the program and associated evaluation activities in the local communities.

Want to learn more? Check out our blog on the KDPP.

 

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