“Poor access to medications, finances, transportation, and skilled health care providers trained in diabetes mellitus (DM) management is a barrier that contributes to poor outcomes for patients with DM. As a result, patients are often forced to rely on self-management without guidance from the formal health care sector. To combat this barrier, diabetes self-management support (DSMS) programs sustain psychosocial support and education by incorporating lay DM patients as peer support group leaders at the community level.”
In this article, authors discuss a program in western Kenya, which facilitates peer-led diabetes self-management support (DSMS) groups in order to better address psychosocial and patient education needs among patients with diabetes at the community level in low-income countries. Collaborators for this project include Duke Global Health Institute, Purdue University, Moi University Teaching Hospital, and AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya.