Tenacia has partnered with St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association (SLDHA), the St. Lucia Ministry of Health, and a select group of extraordinary leaders in business, medicine, and public service in St. Lucia for the purpose of developing and implementing an innovative phased plan for the education, treatment, and prevention of diabetes. The pilot program, named the St. Lucia Public Health Diabetes Project (SLPHDP), will fundamentally change the way diabetes is treated and prevented in St. Lucia and emerging countries worldwide.

This revolutionary program combines, for the first time, all the major stakeholders invested in the treatment and prevention of diabetes patients to achieve sustainable and on-going positive results. These stakeholders represent the five pillars of a cohesive strategy to impact patient engagement and quality care:

  • Community
  • Medicine
  • Business
  • Policy
  • Academia

One the reasons for the skyrocketing costs of diabetes is that current treatment strategies are re-active and tend to be focused on treating late stage complications. The American Diabetes Association has determined that 70% of diabetes costs are due to mismanagement and non-compliance of the patient. The goal of the SLPHDP is to be proactive and focus on pre-crisis management thereby reducing the 70% cost to patients and payors. Through the use of patient interaction at the community health level, innovative technologies, education, and community outreach programs, we can improve patient lives andreduce the number of patients who present with late stage complications. The project is expected to:

  • Fully integrate innovative technologies and process change to facilitate and manage a personalized care plan centered on patient care at home.
  • Improve early screening for diabetes and complications to improve prevention and allocation of resources.
  • Improve patient outcomes through:
    • Focus on pre-crisis management
    • Community based education and support
    • Better medication adherence
    • Improved care plan compliance.
    • Lower costs for all stakeholders.

In addition, the SLPHDP has the backing of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). After the pilot in St. Lucia, the plan is to roll out the initiative to the remaining 8 islands of the OECS.