A specialized clinic for Type 1 diabetic patients was created in 1995. Over 900 Type1 patients have been registered in our clinic in the last 20 years, 15% of which are diagnosed before the age of 5 years. On an average, 30 new patients are added every year. Majority of the patients in our clinic are poor.
We provide consultation and health education at nominal costs or free whenever necessary. We also supply free insulin to poor patients and subsidised blood tests for several patients.
Additionally, we provide educational guidance, vocational training guidance, marriage counselling and pregnancy counselling to children with Type 1 diabetes. A major part of our activities are directed towards psychological and social rehabilitation of the patients and their families. We conduct outdoor camps, get-togethers, parent meetings, competitions and trips as part of our clinic activities. Furthermore, we raise funds for needy patients from philanthropic donors, pharma companies (Novo Nordisk, Sanofi India Ltd etc.) and trusts (Mukul Madhav Foundation, Nityaasha foundation etc.)
Our doctors and certified pump trainers have recently initiated an Insulin Pump Clinic, which offers detailed training on insulin pump for management of diabetes.A mobile app,“Madhuraksha- A Pocket Diabuddy” has also been designed by a team at the Diabetes Unit at KEM hospital Pune, which serves as a ready reckoner for those with Type 1 diabetes. It explains basic survival skills and provides meal and insulin dose calculations to facilitate blood sugar control.