Remote Healthcare System for Diabetes Management workshop. A joint effort of Education, Engineering and Medical experts connecting with Schools in Pakistan.

The project “ Remote Healthcare System for Diabetes Management” is an innovative application to measure daily glucose level in patients with Diabetes in a timely and non-invasive manner. The Principal Investigator (PI) is Dr. Qammer H. Abbasi (School of Engineering CoSE) in collaboration with the team at the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow (Muhammad Ali Imran, Hasan Abbas, Sajjad Hussain, Ahmed Zoha), the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences  (Naveed Sattar, Professor of Metabolic Medicine) and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) (Naveed ul Hassan (LUMS PI), Ali Hussain, Muhammad Farooq and Muhammad Omar).

Dr Rodolico, (School of Education, CoSS), curated the dissemination phase of the project, by creating an interactive active learning pedagogy-based workshop. This was remotely delivered to 2 schools in Pakistan, with the support of  Miss Aiasha Khan, probationer teacher (PGDE Biology class 2020-21 at the SoE, UoG) and LUMS engineer team who facilitated the on campus  hands-on experimental part.

The main goal of the workshop, was to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on society and patients in Pakistan as well as in other parts of the world such as United Kingdom (UK), and a final focus on how individuals affected by diabetes, could effectively make regular measurements of glucose level.

The workshop’s key core features were the delivery of contents in both languages, Urdu and English, and the contextualisation in both countries’ societies within an ethos of mutual enrichment and respect (Rodolico, Breslin and Mariani 2021). Miss Khan fluency in both languages was instrumental for the implementation of this important aspect

The workshop was made of 2 sessions both based on active learning but with a focus on a discussion activity on part 1, adapted from SSERC, a Scottish local authority shared service that supports practical STEM activities (Let’s talk about diabetes), and an experimental learning on the refraction of light caused by a glucose solution on part 2 facilitated by the engineers on campus. It began with

an introduction of the main topic by Prof. Muhammad Ali Imran, Dean Glasgow College UESTC and Dr. Abbasi. Then, it was handed over to Dr. Rodolico and Ms. Khan who led the 2 sessions.

The project Remote Healthcare System for Diabetes Management” was presented on the 11/11/2021 at the School of Engineering alongside with several other important ongoing research projects. The meeting was attended by Mr Malik Amin Aslam, Federal Minister and Adviser to Prime Minister of  Pakistan for Climate Change and Miss Rachel Sandison Vice Principal, External Relations and a team of delegates from University of Glasgow, Pakistan and Scotland.  The Project on Diabetes was much appreciated by the Minister as he mentioned explicitly in his two interviews to Pakistan Media. He assured his support to scale this exciting project in Pakistan.

First published: 9 December 2021

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