DSA News Winter 2024

– DSA National Office News –

Chery Middelburg Diabetes Awareness Event

Eastvaal Chery Middelburg hosted a Diabetes Awareness Event at Eastdene Pharmacy last year in honour of World Diabetes Day. The event was spearheaded by Eastvaal Chery Brand Manager Derick Truter, who has Type 1 diabetes.  DSA National Office supported the event with literature and contacts.

The public also had the opportunity to test drive one of the Chery vehicles on display and win prizes throughout the day.

Chery Middelburg and Eastdene Pharmacy, alongside the Witbank Diabetes Centre, HomeMed, Pharmoco, Contour, Rubicon Medical Centre and more made this day possible.

 It was a great privilege to be able to host the event in Middelburg and see so many smiling faces. It was fantastic to bring a positive vibe and energy to the community.

The following tests were administered to anyone wanting to evaluate their health: (FREE)

  • Haemoglobin A1C test
  • Lipogram blood test
  • Glucose test
  • PSA test

– DSA Western Cape News –

Parents’ Breakfast

DSA Western Cape held a breakfast for moms and dads with children with Type 1 diabetes in April at the beautiful Chart Rose Farm in Wynberg, Cape Town. One family drove all the way from Kleinmond to attend the breakfast.

Speakers that presented to the parents were: Dr Adnaan Mia who has a daughter with Type 1 and Sr Lyn Starke who was in charge of the Diabetic Paediatric Clinic at Red Cross Hospital for 45 years.

It was a beautiful sunny day with the smell of roses wafting over the meeting.

Milnerton Diabetes Support Group

Nurse Onyinye Nwaulu of DSA Milnerton Support Group presented a talk for pastors in the Western Cape and also the Cameroon Community in March and May 2023.

She educated women on the importance of taking good care of their health, most importantly covering diabetes, hypertension, kidney health and general well-being of women.

She extends her thanks to DSA for always supporting the Milnerton Diabetes Support Group.”

– DSA Pretoria News –

March Wellness Meeting

On 2 March 2024, DSA Pretoria hosted an interesting discussion on proper planning of meals and the importance of moderation. The speaker was Bernadine Blom, a dietitian. The meeting was well-attended.

May Wellness Meeting

On 4th May 2024, DSA Pretoria held their monthly diabetes meeting in Pierre Van Ryneveld Park. The speaker was Welma Geldenhuys from The Association for Dementia and Alzheimer’s of South Africa (ADASA). She spoke in general on dementia and how the different types of Alzheimer’s fit under the dementia umbrella.

She also mentioned that dementia is a brain disease and not a mental disorder, and made the connection of dementia with other chronic conditions like diabetes.

It was so great finding out about the signs and symptoms that family members can look out for in their ailing loved ones. The talk was very interesting, interactive and everyone learned such a great deal about a disease that is so debilitating for the person that has it. DSA thanks Welma for giving up her valuable family time to be with the group. So appreciated.

Medical Personnel Wellness Event

DSA Pretoria was invited to participate in a wellness event run by medical personnel in Centurion. There were seven stations altogether. It was aimed mainly at people who need services but do not have medical aid. The medical personnel want to make it a monthly event. Bravo to this health outreach to the community.

– DSA Port Elizabeth News –

DSA Young Guns

The DSA Young Guns enjoyed a fun day outing that included a 5km walk through the forest. The cherry on the top was that there was no entrance fee. 

Health Awareness Morning

On 17 May, Pamela Molefe, Elizabeth and Martin Prinsloo attended a Health Awareness Morning for the employees of PnP Hypermarket, Moffet Retail Park, which was held in their board room. We had a PowerPoint presentation on diabetes that they could watch while waiting to have their blood glucose tested.

– DSA Pietermaritzburg News

Diabetes Symposium

In March, DSA PMB branch hosted a diabetes symposium with 70 attendees. There were several talks given:

  • The importance of taking their medication on time by pharmacist, Mr Moodley.
  • The diabetic journey by Dr Naidoo
  • Diabetes in the Pead by Dr Naidu
  • Understanding food labels by dietitian, Pranisha Deonarain
  • Diabetes in your pet by veterinarian, Dr Singh
  • The role of herbs and spices in your diabetic diet by Dr Mohan
  • Diabetes and menopause by gynaecologist Dr Pephra
  • The vegan way of eating by Mrs Lubbe

Fig and Olive, a local company focusing on healthy homemade juices and shots, also presented products at the symposium. Sensors from Libra and Medtronic were on display. Attendees could also purchase nuts and healthy snacks from Chrissy’s table. B.braun also displayed supplements. There were plenty of lucky draw prizes up for grabs. Attendees also revived goodie bags.