Conference abstract

Setting up pilot diabetes registry in remote places

Pan African Medical Journal - Conference Proceedings. 2021:11(7).10 Dec 2021.
doi: 10.11604/pamj-cp.2021.11.7.1032

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Keywords: Diabetes registry, diabetes clinics, longitudinal follow-up
Oral presentation

Setting up pilot diabetes registry in remote places

Edwin Ngwa1, Jean Claude Mbanya1,2,3, Felix Assah1,4,&, Stephanie Teguia1

1Health of population in Transition (HoPiT), Yaoundé, Cameroon, 2Department of internal medicine and specialties, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Yaoundé, Cameroon, 3Laboratory for molecular medicine and metabolism, Biotechnology Centre, University of Yaoundé 1, Yaoundé, Cameroon, Central hospital Yaoundé, 4Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Yaoundé, Cameroon

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Introduction: A pilot project(2017- 2020) funded by WDF for the establishment of a National Diabetes and Hypertension Programme in Cameroon is being implemented by HoPiT and the MoH, and it is intricately linked with the National Integrated and Multi Sector Strategic Plan for the Control of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases which has as its main objectives, to prevent or delay the onset of NCDs and their complications, and to improve their treatment, thereby improving the quality of life and life expectancy of Cameroonians. One of the main objectives of this project is to establish capacity and appropriate processes for the setting up of a national diabetes registry. This is informed by the lack of individualized data at the national level and the lack of a functional NCD registry in Cameroon. A national diabetes registry will serve as an entry point for the registry of other NCDs.

Methods: Setting up a 3-level diabetes registry system that includes a central level national database, regional database(computerized) at the level of the regions and paper-based registers for enrolment of all persons with diabetes at the district level. Monitoring and evaluation includes the analysis of the performance of activities as defined by the plan.

Results: A National Diabetes Registry has been set up since January 2019 and running as a network for enrolling all diabetic and hypertensive patients and following them longitudinally. Central level personnel in the National Diabetes Programme as well as focal persons at the level of the 02 regions, key district personnel from all the 25 diabetes clinics running the project have been trained on the on the setting up and running of the diabetes registry, utilization of diabetes registry tools and processes, data capture, and reporting.

Conclusion: The current national diabetes registry pools together clinical as well as laboratory data that will allow to strengthen the referral system and also facilitate good quality health service research with a view of providing robust results which can be used for making evidence-based decisions or policies. We are on track to hit the target of 6000 patients enrolled in the registry by October 2020.