- Date 26 Jan 2017
- Location Borivali, Mumbai
- Category Featured, Projects Undertaken
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
India ranks second to China when it comes to the number of diabetic patients. It is increasing exponentially and “patient education & awareness” can be the only tool to curb this growing menace. To make people understand that diabetes management need not be a fear but can be fun, Dr. Pradeep Gadge & team organized “Diabetes Mela” in Mumbai on 26th January 2017, Indian Republic Day. This was one of its kinds in the country. More than 10,000 people gathered on a single day (The mela was from 9am to 9pm. Two grounds (ground 1 and ground 2) were occupied with multiple educational, investigational, recreational and healthy food item stall. Purpose of this Mela was to educate people and help the nation to be healthy.
The grounds were given the look of a village and attendees had an actual feeling that they have come to a fair. Educational activities were focused on very routine things like how to inject insulin, how to use medications, using glucometers, myths & misconceptions about diabetes, etc. Investigative stalls focused on random sugar, foot examination, eye check-ups, ECG, body fat analysis, bone densitometry, etc. Healthy food stalls (diabetes friendly diet products, health drinks, etc.) distributed there free samples and sold their products at very nominal rate to promote healthy life. Thus, people had fun with diabetes education and got free screening of multiple parameters also. Also educational talks by various leading doctors (diabetologist, cardiologist, eye specialist, etc.), yoga sessions, games, magic show, and performance by patients, dandiya for diabetes and multiple such activities were going on simultaneously in the fun ground.
To make this Mela interesting, role plays, fun activities with prizes and interactive sessions were organized. Every 10th person in this Mela will got some or the other exciting gifts/prize. These all theme and gifts/prizes were related to health care (digital blood pressure machines, weighing scales, glucometers, etc). To promote healthy life, bollywood celebrities & TV actors also made guest appearance in the mela.
To change the perspective of diabetic patient after having diabetes, this mela would have helped a lot to see a bigger scenario. Life doesn’t become boring after diabetes. But patients can make it very interesting with good diet, exercise and active routine. To enjoy this mela, age was no bar.