The Chinikum Families Project in Glasgow work with South Asian families who have one or more family members with diabetes. Delivered by Diabetes Scotland, the work is entirely focused on self management.
The Chinikum Families Project in Glasgow work with South Asian families who have one or more family members with diabetes. Delivered by Diabetes Scotland, the work is entirely focused on self management and is there to provide families with the tools and information to self manage their diabetes. They promote peer support, health literacy, exercise, information, improving wellbeing and confidence.
South Asian communities feel that the family is ultimately responsible for providing support and in some instances health care. This can create a situation where people don’t have much contact with health and social care services and so there is often a poor understanding of their condition. What’s more, diabetes carries a stigma in the South Asian community as it can be viewed as being punishment for a poor lifestyle and therefore people with diabetes will attempt to conceal their condition, sometimes with drastic consequences.
The project fosters relationships with the families to ascertain what is important to them in an attempt to overcome the barriers to self management. They have found that the principles of self management spread better through word of mouth as families share the benefits and alleviate concerns with each other. “I can help by spreading what I now know about self management to people I meet and when we discuss things at parties, weddings or mosques gatherings” (phase 1 participant).
Many families have seen significant, positive change in both their health and wellbeing as a result of their new-found self management approach. It is difficult to see how this would have happened without the support of the Chinikum Families Project and their tailored support which further highlights the need for health services to collaborate with smaller community led projects and the urgency to sustain these vital services.