Republic of the Marshall Islands: Helping People Access Care To Manage Diabetes

Almost 340 of the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ (RMIs’) 10,000 residents are living with diabetes, a disease in which a person’s blood sugar level is higher than normal. Diabetes can cause serious health complications that affect many parts of the body. If left untreated, diabetes can cause blindness and other eye diseases. It also can cause foot problems, which can hinder walking or even lead to amputation. The RMI Ministry of Health used a portion of its 2015 Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant funding to provide eye and foot examinations for residents living with diabetes.

RMI’s diabetes team partnered with the Taiwan Health Center and Diabetes Wellness Center to conduct diabetic eye and foot screenings in the community. The goals for the eye screenings were to promote comprehensive eye examinations to people living with diabetes, as well as educate them on diabetes management and healthy lifestyle activities. For those living with diabetic foot issues, the diabetes team provided training on wound care, teaching patients how to take care of their feet while staying physically active. The team also educated patients on nutrition and referred those who required more follow-up care to the RMI Ministry of Health diabetes clinic.

PHHS Block Grant funding helped RMI provide important healthcare services and training in diabetes management to residents—care needed especially by people living in remote areas who lack easy access to services. With the help of this funding, the RMI Ministry of Health will continue to reach more residents who require diabetic eye and foot exams.

Story year: 2015

Photo os lady getting her eyes tested by a eye doctor

RMI used PHHS Block Grant funding to provide diabetic eye and foot examinations to residents living with diabetes.

Page last reviewed: April 17, 2018