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Training Diabetes Councilors for India- THE VELLORE MODEL The India Diabetes Educator Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Christian Medical College, Vellore & Project HOPE

Aims and objectives:

To achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need.


  • Phase-I : Master trainers training 6 days.
  • Phase-II : Training of the candidates. Nurses, Dieticians, Physiotherapists
  • Induction : 2 day program, introductory classes on diabetes.
  • Workshop –I : 3 days, Discussion of diabetes related problems.
  • Workshop-II : 2 days review classes, assessment of Knowledge and practical skills.


The project aims to improve the awareness about diabetes in the county by training diabetes educations and to encourage individuals with diabetes to actively participate in the management of their diabetes to improve long term outcome.

Diabetes Educators:

Letter of Invitation
Providing high Quality Diabetes Educational Services

As we in Christian Medical College, Vellore celebrate our 110th anniversary and the department of endocrinology continues through it’s 6th year of training diabetes educators, Project HOPE along with IDF has launched its flagship initiative in India called the:

“India Diabetes Educator Project”

Diabetes is increasingly being recognized as a public health problem in India. India today leads the world with the largest number of persons affected by diabetes. Its prevalence is about 6 % in rural areas and around 17 % in urban areas is recognized as are the complications that go with it. The proper management of diabetes can significantly reduce complications on the long term. One of the common complications that frequently goes unrecognized is loss of sensation in the feet, resulting in frequent occurrence of ulcers leading to amputations. This project therefore, aims to strengthen four specific aspects of diabetes care:

  • Medical Management, dietary counseling, exercise and lifestyle modification.
  • Patient education and guidance
  • Foot care and Footwear usage.
  • Setting up integrated diabetes clinics with an emphasis on the close functioning of the Diabetes Educator with other medical personnel.

For the purpose of the project, training of the Educator will be done by the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Participation in the project for the hospital would make a significant contribution to mission hospitals in the way their diabetes patients are treated and managed. It would imply:

  • Ability of the institution to provide high quality care to their diabetic patients.
  • Availability of standard guidelines for the management of Diabetes, along with the checklist based screening programmes.
  • Smooth flow of patients (relevant investigations before seeing the physicians, foot care, diabetes education, dietary counseling).
  • Cost-effective management for both the hospital and the patient.
  • Reduction of complications thereby reducing the costs of the patients.
  • Develop a team for quality diabetes management.

The following are the details of the training programme:

The mainstay of the project is the “PG Certificate in Diabetes Education” a 6- month learning program which will combine distance learning with on-site interactive workshops to train over 3,000 healthcare professionals including nurses, dieticians an nutritionists in India. We hope the project will enhance knowledge and awareness about diabetes, reduce morbidity and mortality related to the disease and help combat the rapidly growing threat of diabetes in India

For Whom Where
Diabetes Educators Christian Medical College, Vellore 632004

Eligibility Criteria:

Personnel Qualification
Diabetes Educator Any graduate degree with a Leadership Quality and a sense of flexibility and imagination. (e.g.Nurses,Dieticians,Physiotherapists,Teachers, Psychologists)

If you are willing and interested to participate in the Quality Care Initiative training programme, please do let us know through mail or phone contact.

Dates and Program Outline:

Program Component Activity Estimated time for completion/ Due date
Induction In person contact session 2 Days First 2 days of initiating a batch
Modules 1,2 & 3 Self study First 3 months
Assignment 1 Submit to Master Trainer In the 8th week after start of program
Workshop 1 In person workshop 3 Days 3rd week of the 3rd month after start of program
Modules 4,5,6 & 7 Self study 4th to 6th month
Assignment 2 Submit to Master Trainer In the 1st week of 4th month
Assignment 3 Submit to Master Trainer In the 1st week of 5th month
Workshop 2 Final Examination In person mini lesson + Final exam -1½ days In the 6th month

For details, you can contact:

S.No. Name Mobile No.
1. Dr. Nihal Thomas 09843111996
2. Ms. RuthDaniel 09994746927
3. Ms. Vijayalakshmi 09789949873
4. Mr Vinod. A.R. 08438390110
Fax No.0416-4200844

With Best Wishes:

Dr. Nihal Thomas, MD DNB (Endo) MNAMS FRACP (Endo) FRCP (Edin)

Professor and Head, Unit-I
Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Christian Medical College, Vellore, India


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Memorandum Of Understanding