Food is not the only life-saving delivery FTH makes to impoverished communities. Our nutritionists also deliver vital information through informal workshops. In late November and early December, the distribution of emergency food bags included a dynamic talk on the subject of diabetes, the leading cause of death of women in secondleading cause in men. (Institute of Public Health / Instituto de Salud Publico).
At the end of a diabetes workshop in the community of Pozo de Balderas, a group of people approached us to talk about the various health problems of their female relative. The family member had diabetes and decided to stop taking her insulin for the last month after hearing false information that the insulin was damaging to her health. The family requested our help to see if we could convince her to resume taking the medication. After listening to the workshop, she learned that there was nothing wrong with insulin, and began taking it again. Fifteen days later, during the next food-bag delivery, she told us that thanks to the insulin, she was already feeling much better.
“One of the biggest challenges we have is to ensure that in each workshop, people really learn and absorb as much as they can understand about the topics being taught. This is because people do not always show up with the intention of learning.
Our mission is to not only feed families but also to provide education about health and good nutrition” says Irving Ayala, FTH’s head nutritionist.