Diabetes Mobile Unit

Programme overview

The global prevalence of obesity and diabetes is increasing worldwide across the age spectrum, including children and adolescents (individuals <18 years of age). Obesity is a major contributing factor that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in adults and children.

The Diabetes Mobile Unit (DMU) programme was established in 2012. It is a joint project between the Bahrain Diabetes Society (BDS) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Medical University of Bahrain. It is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Manama and implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The project partners and the Higher Education Council (HEC) approved the programme.

The DMU programme aims to empower children to adopt a health-conscious mindset and lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle to minimise the risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The programme is aligned with RCSI’s three strategic pillars aiming to enhance learning and teaching, research, and community engagement and services.

Learning and teaching goals

  1. Conduct training workshops on managing individuals with diabetes across the age spectrum.
  2. Develop innovative learning and teaching strategies to engage RCSI students in experiential learning.
  3. Promote interprofessional learning experiences for RCSI students.
  4. Enhance the development of key attributes within the graduate profile that are essential to the future career success of RCSI Alumni.

Community engagement and service goals

  1. Enhance partnership opportunities with stakeholders to promote the health and wellbeing of children, their families, and the community.
  2. Educate school children, families, and the community on the risks, symptoms, and preventative measures of type 2 diabetes.
  3. Enhance diabetes self-care management among children with type 1 diabetes in collaboration with BDS through diabetes camps.

Research goals

  1. Develop research and scholarship opportunities for RCSI staff, students, alumni, and external partners.

The DMU educational programme

In 2012, the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SON&M) and the community engagement office at RCSI Medical University of Bahrain collaborated with the Bahrain Diabetes Society (BDS) to develop the DMU educational programme. This programme is embedded in the undergraduate BSc (Hons) nursing curriculum and is coordinated by the community engagement office.

Meet the DMU team

  • Ms. Danah Smith, Lecturer in Nursing, SOM&M, leads the DMU Learning and Teaching Pillar.
  • Dr. Maryam Alaradi, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, SOM&M, leads the DMU Research Pillar.
  • Mr. Fadi Ghosn, Head of Recognition, Careers & Alumni and Community Engagement, and Ms. Amna Almuhandis, Community Outreach Specialist, lead the DMU Community Engagement Pillar.
  • Other volunteer RCSI staff
  • Volunteer students from the SON&M and the School of Medicine Students (SOM).
  • RCSI Alumni

Upon enrollment in the programme, all volunteers must attend a DMU train-the-trainer workshop delivered by the DMU faculty, alumni and senior students who are registered in the programme.

DMU school visits and other events

The DMU team visits primary government and private schools in Bahrain to deliver the programme to schoolchildren through interactive educational activities. The Community Outreach Specialist coordinates the school visits in collaboration with the MOE, and private school administrations.

The DMU programme participates in awareness campaigns organized by the Bahrain Diabetes Society, such as World Diabetes Day events and the Annual Shurooq Camp for Children with type 1 diabetes. The programme also supports other national health awareness campaigns organized by the MOH and other community partners.

For Further Information, please send your request to communityengagement@rcsi-mub.com.