Diabetes is an insidious disease, so it's important to help teens manage it.

The PR manager of the CSS Foundation attended a workshop for nurses working in orphanages and interacting with adolescents with diabetes.

“The meeting started with nurses who work in orphanages discussing their patients with diabetes. They shared stories about children sneaking sweets, refusing treatment, experiencing non-standard complications, and overall struggling with the physical and psychological challenges of diabetes” - Lena Scherbakova, PR-manager of the CSS foundation, expressed her surprise at the complexity of the disease.

In January, nurses from all over Russia attended the seminar 'Nurse's Participation in Teaching and Helping Adolescents with Diabetes Mellitus Left without Parental Care.'

The seminar included lectures by world-class specialists, a visit to the leading specialized medical institution in the country - NMRC Endocrinology, and an introduction to modern technologies that simplify disease control.  During the seminar, they discussed the psychological effects of diabetes on orphaned teenagers.

The goal of the Russian Diabetes Association's project is to teach children with diabetes self-control, preparing them for adulthood when they will need to manage their diabetes independently. This includes administering insulin injections and measuring insulin levels, as well as preparing healthy meals. 

Adult life for orphans does not always mean independent living. Due to mental and physical peculiarities, many of them become wards of psycho-neurological boarding schools. However, the level of attention they receive in these places is not the same as in orphanages. For instance, a nurse from Krasnoyarsk reported that in the boarding schools in their region where graduates with disabilities are sent, there are 90 wards per nurse. Therefore, it is essential to teach adolescents to control their illness and take it seriously now, regardless of the prospects.

Representatives from 15 children's institutions in 10 regions of the country attended the seminar.

This important socio-medical project "Alpha Endo" is supported by CSS within the framework of the "Acting Together" Competition.