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SMARTHealth Diabetes project was launched successfully in Luquan

On 26 July, SMARTHealth Diabetes launch event was held successfully in Luquan district, Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. Over 80 participants including Professor Yuxia Ma, Vice-President of school of public health at Hebei Medical University, researchers from The George Institute China, Luquan village doctors and investigators joined the meeting.

Taking diabetes and hypertension management as a starting point, SMARTHealth Diabetes is expected to bring a new FHP-involved (Family Health Promoters), community-based chronic disease management strategy to society and overcome sub-optimal access to effective healthcare in China. The project is conducted by The George Institute China, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Luquan health practitioners jointly.

Professor Puhong Zhang, Associate Director of The George Institute China and Director of China Center for mobile Health Innovation (CCmHI), emphasized the importance of family health promoters, and explained in details on the research design, intervention elements, evaluation methods and project process.

“We are facing a dramatically increasing disease burden, however few people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are getting adequate treatment,” said Professor Zhang. “SMARTHealth Diabetes aims to support the development and evaluation of a digital health intervention which is based on the best practice clinical guidelines to help T2DM patients better manage their condition and prevent complications.”

During the meeting, Mr Yaosen Zhang, Director of Luquan CDC and Mr Xuanchen Tao, Research Assistant of The George Institute China gave the baseline research training. 

The meeting substantially enhanced communication among the study participants, allowing the participants to have a comprehensive understanding of the study on the whole, and to be better prepared for the implementation of high-quality research work in the future.