Working with faith community to combat diabetes

A faith community that we have worked alongside to fight diabetes is now hosting an event on campus to explore how making small changes can help to fight diabetes in a big way.

The Dawoodi Bohra Community of Leicester, in partnership with the Leicester Diabetes Centre, has organised the Leicester Fighting Diabetes event on Tuesday 8 May at the George Davies Centre. It starts at 6pm.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation. Based at Leicester General Hospital, the centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester.

Leicester has just joined the global Novo Nordisk Cities Changing Diabetes programme, becoming only the city worldwide to join the initiative launched in response to the dramatic rise of diabetes within urban areas. The Leicester Diabetes Centre is leading the partnership approach across the city.

Earlier this year, members of the Dawoodi Bohra community organised a diabetes awareness walk in the city, in partnership with the University and others, with the aim of raising £25,000 for diabetes charities. The walk was an enormous success. Over £35,000 has to date been raised to help fight diabetes.