One of the projects we’ve been working on this year is our diabetes basics leaflet for public clinics – our TEEL leaflet. Here’s how we developed it.
Basic foundational diabetes education
We recognised there is a need for basic foundational diabetes education after speaking to doctors and healthcare workers in public clinics. So much of the basics of diabetes are not understood – by those living with diabetes and the nurses and healthcare workers who work with them. We see this leaflet as the first building block in diabetes education.
The TEEL leaflet was developed with Prof. Joel Dave, the head of endocrinology at Groote Schuur and UCT – based on his experience, and what patients and doctors need. It was edited in conjunction with Dr. Brendan Maughan-Brown, behavioural scientist, and endorsed by SEMDSA (the Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism in South Africa). It is supported by Medtronic.
2023 plans for the diabetes basics leaflet
The two-sided A5 leaflet will be tested in primary, secondary and tertiary clinics in the Western Cape in early 2023. It is available in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Setswana, and the goal is for people to take the leaflet home with them and keep it, because their doctor or nurse has written specific instructions on the back.
Get your copy of the TEEL leaflet
If you’re interested in supplying your clinic / hospital / support group with copies of the TEEL leaflet, please email us and we’ll send you copies as soon as they have been tested, and improved.
If you’d like to download a copy, please click on ‘Download’ below.
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