During 2020, ABALON Trust provided diabetic retina training to three ophthalmology trainees during training at the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre in St. Michael, Barbados.
The Barbados Diabetes Foundation (BDF) was formed in 2001 as a mechanism for providing a holistic approach to the management of diabetes in Barbados. To raise the standards of diabetes self-management in Barbados through a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach.
The training was provided by the Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group (GREG).
Two are now serving as graders to the Barbados Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (BDESP) seeing 10 people per day, 3 -5 days per week.
ABALON Trust Medical Director, Dr Charles Pierce, is also Medical Retina Consultant at BDF.
The centre provides diabetes advice and support, as well as footcare and eye-care.
ABALON provides support and training to further development of the eye-care elements of the service, including the Diabetic Retinopathy Screen Service (DRSS).