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Breaking the silence on World Diabetes Day, hearing from people … – World Health Organization

People with diabetes continue to carry a heavy burden of stigma and discrimination around the world. On World Diabetes Day, we read about the experiences of 6 individuals who shed light on the challenges they’ve faced following their diagnosis. 

Arvind, hailing from India and who lives with type 2 diabetes, discusses the pervasive societal stigma surrounding relationships and marriage for people with diabetes, while also sharing his experiences of workplace discrimination.

Heather, who has been living with type 2 diabetes for over 10 years, talks about the pricey diabetes medication in Zimbabwe and recounts the relentless judgement and the toll it has taken on her well-being. 

Rania’s journey unfolds as she grapples with the judgement and misconceptions of friends during her school days following her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, ultimately finding strength through the support of her family and health care team in Algeria. 

Nikhita, who also lives with type 1 diabetes, emphasizes the importance of collective efforts in raising awareness and humanizing diabetes through lived experience based on her experience in the United States of America. 

Karmila’s experience with type 2 diabetes in Indonesia is a poignant reminder of the financial barriers many face in accessing necessary diabetes screenings and care, highlighting the urgent need for affordable health care.

Andrés, whose experience living with type 2 diabetes in Spain, speaks to the vital importance of ensuring reliable access to blood glucose monitoring equipment, dispelling the misconception that providing supplies is expensive compared to managing complications. 

These stories collectively underscore the need for compassion, awareness, and change to improve the lives of those living with diabetes.

Arvind, living with type 1 diabetes from India

posed portrait photo of Arvind“Diabetes still is looked down upon as social stigma. Especially when it comes to relationship matters, people hesitate to consider people living with diabetes. These rejections are quite common I have faced this stigma myself until I found my soulmate in someone who lives with type 1 diabetes! 

I have faced lot of discrimination at work. Though this discrimination is not direct or obvious, I could still feel it. The corporate management has this idea that being diabetic I can’t handle workloads and stress like other “normal” people and treat me differently.  

Educating people with right information can help a lot to reduce this stigma or discrimination.”

Heather, living with type 2 diabetes from Zimbabwe

posted portrait photo of Heather“The greatest barrier to accessing medication in my country is cost. It affects the majority of people living with the condition, who end up going without medication for long periods and/or rationing their supplies particularly insulin. This leads to worse treatment outcomes and premature deaths.

Having lived with type 2 diabetes for the past 10 years, I am no stranger to diabetes-related stigma and discrimination. I have been subject to both blatant and subtle judgement, including negative looks and derogatory remarks about what I should have done or not done in order to prevent type 2 diabetes. The feeling of being constantly judged has been quite overwhelming for me, bringing out feelings of embarrassment, self-blame, guilt, psychological distress and a generally reduced quality of life for me.  

Ending diabetes stigma starts with education and raising awareness. Governments, civil society and international health organizations must be responsible for raising awareness in communities to enhance understanding on the condition. All this will go a long way in the creation of a more compassionate and respectful world for people with diabetes.”

Rania, living with type 1 diabetes from Algeria

posed portrait photo of RaniaAfter my diagnosis, when I returned to school, my friends started telling me that I couldn’t eat candies or drink juice. So, I would eat it in front of them to prove that I could eat whatever I want. When I got back home, I would inject more insulin to have hypoglycaemia and then eat again. Also, back then, I thought having low blood sugar was better than high blood sugar. As a result of this, I gained weight and people started telling me that I looked overweight and ugly due to the weight I had gained. It got to the point where I hated seeing myself in the mirror. However, thanks to my parents and my doctor, I was able to overcome this.”


Nikhita, living with type 1 diabetes from the United States of America

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“Diabetes affects every aspect of your life, so it is so important that your community is on board. Our communities are some of our biggest strengths and can offer meaningful support to raise awareness about diabetes.

Lived experience is so important when it comes to raising awareness about diabetes. Hearing someone’s story sticks with you – it humanizes the condition, making it more than just statistics and buzz words, and shows you that diabetes can affect anyone. People who have lived through the challenges of managing diabetes and its complications can inspire their peers to adopt healthier lifestyles and preventative measures.”


Karmila, living with type 2 diabetes from Indonesia

posed portrait photo of Karmila“I don’t attend regular screening for complications related to my diabetes. I know that’s not ideal, but the cost to do that is very pricey and no insurance would cover a medical check-up. I realized without screening I put myself at risk. I might find out I already have complication to such a degree when my body showed some symptoms. 

I have experienced several complications related to diabetes. Last year, I was diagnosed with hypertension, dyslipidaemia, and angina pectoris aside from my depression. I was diagnosed with diabetes during a recruitment process. The medical check-up showed my glucose level was out of range, so at that time I did not get the job. It’s one of the triggers of my depression because it made me feel like I have no future.

By educating people about diabetes, it would increase understanding towards people who live with diabetes. When the understanding level increases, stigma decreases.”

Andrés, living with type 2 diabetes from Spain

posed portrait photo of Andres“I’ve had problems for many years getting equipment to check blood glucose levels, and many people with type 2 diabetes have unreliable access to supplies or no access at all, and you can’t do anything about blood glucose levels if you can’t check them. Doctors know that long-term hyperglycaemia has serious consequences. The excuse we always hear is that it’s very expensive to give us supplies, but it’s actually more expensive when we have complications.”

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Govt overhauls vocational training programmes – NewsDay

The new strategic framework for the modernisation and transformation of vocational training systems has already been approved by Cabinet, Youth Empowerment and Development minister Tinoda Machakaire said yesterday.

GOVERNMENT is overhauling vocational skills training at its centres across the country to ensure that graduates meet the demands of the current job market.

The new strategic framework for the modernisation and transformation of vocational training systems has already been approved by Cabinet, Youth Empowerment and Development minister Tinoda Machakaire said yesterday.

Machakaire made the remarks while addressing 1 501 graduands from Magamba Vocational Training Centre in Manicaland province.

He said the new framework would facilitate the review of skills training and programmes to modernise the vocational training system (VTS) and transform vocational training centres (VTCs) into modern centres of excellence.

“The framework which was developed through wide consultations will facilitate the review of the skills training system and programmes to modernise the VTS and transform VTCs into centres of excellence,” he said.

“The VTCs are expected to provide relevant skills for youth empowerment and the socio-economic development of the communities which these VTCs serve as required by Heritage Education 5.0.”

Education 5.0 is a five-mission model of teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation.

The VTCs have a mandate to develop an entrepreneurial and self-reliant culture among the Zimbabwean youth.

Machakaire pleaded with industry and commerce to support VTCs in their communities as part of their corporate social responsibility to contribute towards the youth economic empowerment agenda.

“The youth empowerment agenda requires the concerted and collaborative efforts of us all — government, development partners, the private sector and community leadership in general,” he said.

“Vocational training and skills development is one of the youth development and empowerment strategies that my ministry is pursuing as an integral cog in Zimbabwe`s industrial development agenda.”

Machakaire, however, admitted that VTCs were facing various challenges related to underfunding.

“I have been informed that some of your challenges include dilapidated infrastructure, inadequate staff, obsolete tools and equipment including the unavailability of reliable vehicles,” he said.

“This strategic framework which is to be implemented should adequately deal with the above challenges.”

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Muckracker: The sandy journey to democracy – NewsDay

It was reported that Tendai Biti, one of the country’s angriest men, is unhappy because of some parody social media account.

MUCKRAKER, like most patriotic people across the country, is still recuperating from the vigorous exertions of dancing in the sand last weekend.

In case you have been hiding under a rock, probably hiding from sanctions, the absolute geniuses in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) organised musical galas recently, which were meant to celebrate the environmental destruction of the country’s longest river, Save.

The Siltation Gala drew thousands of imbibers, who debauched their way through the balmy night and danced away on what used to be a river.

According to the OPC: “Save Beach Bash! Strategic Communications, Presidential Communications, Zimbabwe. Communicating to give impetus to the programmes and projects that contribute to the attainment of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030”.

Indeed, in that vision, all rivers would have disappeared. At that time, we will be hosting similar concerts. Where we once had roads, we will host the Pothole Jamboree. We have already turned old train coaches at the National Railways of Zimbabwe premises into low-cost accommodation for those with rather urgent personal needs.

Nothing can stop this vision.

Nothing puzzling

Around the country, many people are still scratching their heads in puzzlement after a former minister complained about corruption. It was reported that Dzingai Mutumbuka, a former education minister, found out to his horror that someone in the Deeds Office had found better things to do with his property, transferring it to someone else for a small fee, naturally.

For some reason, Mutumbuka is making a song and dance about this small issue. In fact, shockingly, he claims to have taken this up with the country’s owner.

“I met President Emmerson Mnangagwa and I congratulated him on his achievements, but I told him he will not achieve much if he doesn’t deal with corruption,” Mutumbuka said.

“I am known that is why I am able to fight my case in the courts. What about those ordinary men and women in the streets who are not known? They easily lose their hard-earned properties to such fraudsters.”

Of course, we are sure that Mnangagwa must have rolled on the floor with laughter at such a suggestion. First, what does Mutumbuka mean by “achievements? Secondly, why does he think “ordinary men and women in the streets”? Are they the vene of the country? When did they start to matter to warrant such needless noise?

This Mutumbuka fellow should crawl back to quiet retirement and let comrades eat in peace.

Human exports

Speaking of achievements, the country continues to excel by increasing exports. Among the biggest exports of the country, are human beings.

Once, our previous deceased owner described Britain as “a very cold, uninhabitable country with small houses”. Now, we are told by Britain that Zimbabwe is among the top three countries in the whole world in terms of sending people to work in the UK’s health and care work system.

In total, over the past year, some 40 000 Zimbabweans and their dependents left Southern Africa’s fastest growing economy to go and stay in this “very cold, uninhabitable country” and get jobs in care work.

Other countries are trying to copy us. This week, we heard that Pastor Lazarus Chakwera is being congratulated widely for sending 221 young Malawians to work on farms in Israel. The nation congratulates Zanu PF for this massive achievement in growing exports.

We call upon the geniuses in the Office of the President and Cabinet’s Communication Department to speedily host another gala, preferably at our shiny new airport, to celebrate this milestone.


Meanwhile, it’s all hotting up over there in the alleged opposition. It was reported that Tendai Biti, one of the country’s angriest men, is unhappy because of some parody social media account.

It was all to do with an account in the name of one Sengezo Tshabangu, the unemployable lout who now claims to be in charge of the Citizens Coalition for Change. In one post, whoever runs the fake account mischievously claimed that Tshabangu had met Biti for a meal at a hotel. Asked to comment, a frothing Biti told NewsDay: “I’m not interested.

That account must be a parody account that was created by Chamisa and his team. Just check it. I have not met Tshabangu and let me repeat that I am not interested”.

We congratulate Biti for always managing to commit political hara-kiri when his opponents need him to. He has a long, tried and tested history in that department.

French honeymoon

According to reports this week, the Mayor of the Former Sunshine City Lovejoy Chitengu and his deputy Rosemary Muronda are leading a high-powered delegation to the tourist resort of Nyanga to eat as much as they can while they still can.

It is reported that the two, accompanied by 23 other chefs, will spend US$24 000 at a strategic retreat to discuss very important things.

“The objectives (of the retreat) are to find new financial and business partners, expand the network to top-level business contracts, discover and learn best practices from leading” as well as learning about “efficiency towards defined goals and standards”.

We are told the seminar’s theme – there is always a long theme for such events – is “Refining Corporate Excellence and Efficiency towards delivering a Middle Income Economy —Vision 2030.”

Yet, you hear ungrateful residents complaining. They are whining about the fact that “city fathers and mothers” are spending money on hotels, leaving behind a cholera crisis. But these people need to zip their mouths.

Since when do we elect people based on competence? Why are we surprised? Did they show you their qualifications when you voted for them? No. so why the shock? Let them eat on your behalf. What else are they there for?

Jobs, jobs, jobs!

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has flighted advertisements calling on people to sign up to work for the government.

“Are you a recent graduate? Are you between the ages of 19-30? Are you looking for a job? If you answer ‘Yes’ to all three questions then mark this date on your calendar and the venue below: December 6, 2023.

Do you want to work for the government?

Come to the PSC Job Fair for a chance to be considered for employment.”

Muckraker suspects there was a genuine, innocent mistake made by whoever wrote that advert.

It is more likely that they meant to say: “We know you are over 30 and never had a job. Are you desperate enough to sign yourself into slavery? Then come and work for the government”.

The “slavery” part there, of course, refers only to low-level workers.

The rest are the slave drivers who drive 4X4s. Those ones do not need to apply through “job fairs”.

Could this be true?

There were shocking revelations in the trial of Marry Mubaiwa, who was once married to the country’s deputy owner, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.

According to one report: “Former health and child care deputy minister Dr John Mangwiro testified in court that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, while admitted in South Africa, received treatment from a veterinary doctor at the insistence of his ex-wife, Marry Mubaiwa.

Dr. Mangwiro revealed that he discovered Dr. Peck was a veterinary doctor after initially being presented as a family medical practitioner by Mubaiwa.”

Calling a vet to treat a whole human? We can only surmise that Marry, in her affection, took the VP’s totem a bit too far.

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Mawaba primary school unveils e-learning classroom block – The Zimbabwe Mail

The Bulawayo City Council (BCC), Thursday, commissioned an e-learning classroom block at Mawaba Primary School in Lobengula West.

The new facility will provide learners with access to information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The classroom block was renovated for US$5,000 through a collaboration between the school and its parents. The classroom is equipped with 45 laptops, which the school won under a merit award from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony held at the school under the theme, “Empowering Learners Through E-Learning,” Ward 14 Councillor Dumisani Netha, who was standing in for Mayor David Coltart, said that the city of Bulawayo strives to be a leading smart and transformative city by 2024. He said that empowering education through e-learning facilities is essential to achieving this vision.

Netha applauded the school and the parents for putting together the resources to convert the classroom into such a magnificent learning facility.

“This is a befitting facility to train our learners in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) as set out in the smart city concept, national outcomes and requirements provided for by the National Development Strategy (NDS1) and Vision 2030,” said Netha.

“We might pride ourselves on providing our children with such remarkable facilities for e-learning, this is because it is a powerful tool in the modern-day learning experiences as it is a convenient and flexible platform for individuals to acquire skills.”

Netha said that e-learning has great accessibility potential as it offers a wide range of courses and resources. “This accessibility ensures that no one is left behind and learners have an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills while being flexible in scheduling and pacing,” he said.

He said that, unlike traditional fixed classrooms with fixed timetables, in e-learning, individuals can balance education with other responsibilities such as home, sports, and family chores. This allows learners to take control of their learning journey, resulting in a personalized learning experience and increased motivation.

“In the face of envisaged high breed learning, we congratulate Mawaba school and credit to all schools with such projects or are in the process of putting up their internet classrooms. The Education Sector Strategic Plan demands that all schools have user-friendly facilities including disability ramps, ECD classroom blocks, and libraries among other facilities,” said Clr Netha.

“I desire to ensure all council schools and others in our beautiful city implement these requirements as we strive for a smart Bulawayo,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Provincial Education Director for Bulawayo, Sibongile Khumalo, congratulated the school for successfully venturing into e-learning, saying that it is a powerful way to achieve good results.

“Schools are encouraged to embrace online learning as we might appreciate, it comes with several benefits. E-learning is about being able to access education whenever one needs to and from wherever one is. Our competency-based curriculum has embraced ICT and the concept of e-learning is topical,” said Khumalo.

She said that the curriculum has seen the transition of education from being predominantly a face-to-face approach to digital learning platforms where a teacher has merely become a facilitator.

“Through e-learning, learners should be able to take responsibility for their educational progress and access the numerous Ministry endeavours to expose them to as much educational material as possible. These include such platforms as online catch-up strategies, e-learning passport, imfundo endlini, and blended learning, just to mention a few, which are all digital learning programs,” Khumalo said.

She encouraged all schools and their communities to make e-learning a priority in their school development committee budgets.

Source: Cite

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