In its effort to improve the healthcare system of Palestine, Augusta Victoria Hospital established the Mobile Diabetes Unit in 2014 with the goal of addressing the major public health concern of diabetes. The unit is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to individuals with diabetes, their families, and the most vulnerable members of society. This includes promoting principles of diabetes prevention for those at risk of contracting the illness and empowering diabetic patients to manage their illness and avoid complications, with a particular focus on chronic complications such as diabetic eye disease, peripheral neuropathy, diabetic foot ulcers, and others.
The Mobile Diabetes Unit is staffed by trained professionals, and is equipped with a range of medical equipment, including a nonmydriatic digital eye screening camera, necessary foot care equipment and an insole-making machine, BP machine, weighing scale, as well as blood and urine collection kits.
The Mobile Diabetes Unit is committed to reaching patients in rural and marginalized communities in order to help raise awareness about the importance of adopting a healthier lifestyle, including incorporating physical activity and exercise, adopting a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and quitting smoking. The team also offers a range of services, including foot care, eye care, and individual and group counseling, as well as referral based on the case.