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Implementing ‘A Safer Ramadan’ education programme

Testing the impact and acceptability of implementing ‘A Safer Ramadan’ education programme: a structured approach to safer observance of Ramadan in Muslim patients with type 2 diabetes

What we are doing:

Our aim is to evaluate the implementation of ‘A Safer Ramadan’ programme in the East Midlands and measure the subsequent impact on uptake, effectiveness and acceptability. The study will take place in the East Midlands with significant Muslim populations (Leicester and Northampton) over a 12 month period to include the month of Ramadan in 2017.

Why are we doing it:

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Muslim religion. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is rising in this population and is associated with increased risks of severe hypoglycaemia and hospitalisation during Ramadan. Structured self-management education for diabetes has been shown to improve quality of life and healthcare during the fasting period.

What the benefits will be:

Structured education is recognised as a safe and effective method for supporting patients and healthcare professionals (HCP) to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes. The Safer Ramadan programme is made up of three parts; one for the patient, one for the HCP and one to be delivered to the Muslim community by people from within the community. The programme will upskill community champions, create a primary care referral pathway for HCPs and expand community awareness and promote self-management to reduce the risks of hypoglycaemia and hospitalisation.

Who we are working with:

  • Leicester City CCG
  • Nene CCG
  • University of Leicester
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

Study lead:

Professor Melanie Davies, Professor of Diabetes Medicine, University of Leicester


Kerry Hulley,