Raising Diabetes Awareness

The World Health Organization estimates that over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, a growing world epidemic that is expected to affect over 642 million by 2040.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including Diabetes have emerged as the leading cause of death in Sri Lanka, and its most important health challenge. Diabetes prevalence in Sri Lanka stands at 7.3 % (Male) 8.4 % (Female) of the overall population. There were 1.16 million cases of diabetes in Sri Lanka in 2015. [IDF Diabetes Atlas VII edition / WHO DM country profile 2016]. There was a marked variation in the province specific prevalence of diabetes with the highest (18.6%) in the Western and the lowest (6.8%) in the Uva provinces. The Southern province has a diabetes prevalence of 12.2% (P. Katulanda et al 2011) affecting over 300,000 people from a population of 2,464,732 (Department of Census & Statistics. 2012). Furthermore, listing a publisher services company as the publisher may be an added stigma to your book you don`t need and certainly resume services online don`t desire.

Diabetes Screening, awareness, and education activities in Western and Southern Sri Lanka.



The Lions Clubs District 306A1 submitted an Application to the LCIF under the Lions Core 4 Diabetes Grants Program.

At their January 13, 2018 meeting, the Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved the LCIF Core 4 Diabetes grant DIA15636/306-A1 for the amount of US$56,587 to support diabetes screening, awareness, and education activities in Western and Southern Sri Lanka.

The Board members are enthusiastic in supporting this important project and wish the Lions of District 306-A1 much success in expanding health care services within the districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, and Hambantota, Sri Lanka.

Goals and Objectives


To reduce the prevalence of diabetes in Sri Lanka.


  • To promote healthy behaviours among 58,600 school children across 240 schools through interactive interventions, including knowledge quiz, essay and art competitions;
  • To strengthen awareness among 800,810 adults on healthy lifestyles through IEC campaigns including social marketing approaches;
  • To strengthen the services of five healthy lifestyle centers and promote utilization by the community;
  • To mobilize 70 Lions and 10 LEO Clubs and its members as change agents to promote healthy behaviours in the community.

Diabetes Awareness and Action

Lions support the fight against diabetes


  • All the Clubs in the District to be partners and involved in theProject
  • Each Club – A project Chairperson
  • Conduct at least one educational program for members
  • Serve in Provincial, District & Community Level Committees
  • Involved in Organizng, implementing & Monitoring of
  • Project Activities in Schools, HLCs & Community Publicity
  • Sponsor a Strides event to promote greater awareness
  • Host a health fair at a school or community center
  • Invite healthcare professionals to speak at your club and district events
  • Partner with local healthcare providers to organize diabetes and vision screenings
  • Reach out to populations at high risk for diabetes
  • Distribute educational resources to increase community awareness
  • Learn how you can help with diabetes programs in your community

Partnerships for Diabetes

Lions collaborate with local health care providers, diabetes associations and national partners to provide information, materials and resources best suited for their communities. Lions Clubs International District 306A1’s collaborative partners for diabetes include:

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Diabetes and Vision Loss

People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetes eye disease.  It is the leading cause of new-onset blindness in many countries.  All people with diabetes – both Type 1 and Type 2 – are at risk. That’s why everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.

Diabetes can lead to other possible complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, leg amputation, and nerve damage. In pregnancy, poorly controlled diabetes increases the risk of fetal death and other complications.

Lions and Diabetes Awareness

With these statistics and concerns in mind, Lions have taken action through the Diabetes program.  Our work supports diabetes awareness, education, prevention, detection, control, and research.

Joining Forces to Fight Diabetes

Lions work with local community partners and national diabetes associations to promote diabetes education and awareness throughout the year.  The Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved the LCIF Diabetes grant DIA15636/306-A1 to support the Lions District 306A1 Project on “diabetes screening, awareness, and education activities in Western and Southern Sri Lanka.” The Project aims to empower the community, leading to development of healthy behaviour among communities in preventing diabetes.

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Lion Wilson Wijegunaratne, District Governor 306-A1 Lions Clubs International 2017-18

E-mail: wwije52@gmail.com

Telephone +94-11 2726910 (R); +94-77 753458 (M)


Lion Dr. Sarath Samarage.

E-mail : sarath.samarage@gmail.com

Telephone   +94-11 2784914 (R); +94-71 4439206 (M)

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