At Za’atari Camp in Jordan, we work to promote healthy lifestyles among people through training, mentoring, and group support.
Our team helps people with chronic disease – like diabetes and high blood pressure – develop their own personalized health plan to guide them in self-directed improvement to better manage their illness.
A key aspect of managing diabetes is being able to take measurements frequently. But hospitals and doctors are far away, and can be difficult to visit on a daily basis. There was an easy solution we could see…
We went out and purchased blood sugar monitors for patients who have trouble monitoring their disease.
“I felt love when I was giving them the monitors!,” said volunteer Mohamed Jaber, “It is a very simple thing, and relatively cheap! But I saw comfort in the eyes of the elderly recipients. We helped create a simpler life – in the midst of the chaos of a refugee camp – one step at a time.”
One woman said, “I measure my blood sugar every day. I can’t go to the hospital by myself, and I felt like I was a burden on my children’s shoulders. Now I don’t have to go to the hospital, and my children have one less responsibility in their difficult lives.”