UKTSU launched its first ever community health project in North-East London on 9th December 2012. The initiative was set up by UKTSU members (also trainee doctors), and provided a great opportunity for the Tamil community to get free health checks and advice in Tamil.
Diabetes is a serious yet common condition that affects a large proportion of the Tamil population and this initial pilot event was aimed to increase awareness about diabetes and promote healthy living. The project involved students and junior doctors from a variety of specialities, and was the brainchild of the International Medical Health Organisation’s Ideas 2 Impact event in Toronto. The event ran from 10am to 2pm at London Sri Selva Vinayagar Temple, Ilford.

“This is a much needed project, especially as many of our community members with the disease have limited English, and face a language barrier at their regular consultations. I am impressed with the resolve of the youth involved and would like to see more of these events in the future.” 

Tamil Guardian

Young Tamils hold community health check

 A survey conducted at the start of the day highlighted the need for events like this as many attendees were unaware of the importance of the HbA1c blood test which is an important marker of diabetic control. Those who attended found it very informative and valued the presentations and hand-outs in their own language – those who accompanied family members also joined in and had checks done. There are many simple things that can be done to prevent or control diabetes and its associated complications, and the aim was to highlight them and provide solutions for people to incorporate these into their daily routine.

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