African Nurse Training of Trainers Program (ANTP)

Partnership Objectives

  1. Raise awareness about the magnitude and severity of problems related to comorbidity of depression and diabetes.
  2. Improve the recognition and management in healthcare services.

The program unpacks the comorbid relationship between diabetes and depression. The program unpacks the comorbid relationship between diabetes and depression. Copyright K24TV

What are the health needs and challenges?           

Depression and diabetes are often comorbid and complicate each other. The prognosis for people with both diabetes and depression is often worse than when people have only one of these conditions. This is not generally well-known or recognized, and most healthcare systems do not support optimal treatment of both diseases. Fragmentation of medicine within highly specialized institutions and practitioners can mean that only one of these comorbid diseases is recognized and treated. Such practices can expose patients to unnecessary complications and health services to significantly higher costs of care.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The African Nurse Training Program (ANTP) is organized by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in collaboration with the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programs (AIMHP). ANTP is a ‘train-the-trainer’ program and is organized within the framework of the Diabetes and Depression (DDD) initiative. DDD is a collaboration involving several international organizations and is coordinated by the AIMHP.

ANTP aims to improve the awareness, recognition and management of comorbid depression and diabetes. This will reduce comorbid outcomes.

With the goal of improving the awareness, recognition and management of comorbid depression and diabetes, ANTP will provide international healthcare experts to support nurses in the above-mentioned African countries to meet this challenge.

The progam is composed of ten modules that ‘unpack’ the comorbid relationship between diabetes and depression and focus on assessment, clinical management, health education and the environment of health care.

The involvement of local experts is extremely important in order to understand the issues and cultural differences. The use of newsletters and websites offer continuing support to the target group, keeping them motivated. Patient tools are also created in the form of hand-outs and translated into local dialect so they can used in local clinic settings. 


Diabetes Depression

Partnership information

Company(ies) Lundbeck

Partner(s) Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programs, Dialogue on Depression and Diabetes, International Council of Nurses (ICN), International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Mental and Neurological Disorders, Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Depression, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Mental Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Elderly, Health professionals, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Men, Mothers, People with low income, Women, Youth

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 5

Country(ies) Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda

Start Date 2011

More information ICN

Anticipated completion date Ongoing