Senegal has become the first Francophone African country to try out a mobile phone platform, called mRamadan, which assists diabetics safely manage their health while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. So far, diabetics who are testing the new app say it has been quite helpful.
“mRamadan,” is part of the Be [email protected] Be Mobile program, a joint initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that seeks to help countries fight non-communicable diseases.
The goal of mRamadan is to help diabetic patients in Senegal safely manage their illness and reduce the number of emergency hospitalizations.
Some of the messages include reminders for people to drink at least a litre of water each morning before beginning the fast, how to adapt the timing and dosage of diabetes medications, and which foods to avoid, such as the sugary dates, in the evening.
While anyone too young, old, pregnant, or not in good health is exempt from fasting, many diabetics say they do try to exercise some form of abstinence from food and drink during Ramadan. They even sometimes abstain from insulin, which which is an important treatment to regulate their blood glucose levels.