If you, a close friend, family member, or other loved one have recently been diagnosed with dysphagia or else have been living with the condition for a while, it could be incredibly frustrating to attempt to convey how you feel and the problem you have to people who are blessed not to suffer from problems swallowing.
With that in mind, continue reading this guide to IDDSI and how it can help your dysphagia.
The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative framework, far more commonly known as IDDSI, is essentially a non-profit organization that issues a standardized set of directives, help, and advice tailor-made for those living with dysphagia or similar swallowing-related issues
The IDDSI has been instrumental in the naming and categorization of dysphagia friendly foods and thickening agents, such as SimplyThick packets, and has been credited with genuinely making the lives of people living which dysphagia significantly easier and more enjoyable.
The 8 Levels Of IDDSI
There is a basic framework created, established, and promoted by the IDDSI, which enables those suffering from problems chewing and swallowing to more accurately ascertain which foodstuffs and liquids are best suited for them. This framework is essentially divided into eight levels; levels zero to four are for the measuring of liquids, and levels three to seven are used to measure foodstuffs.
Drinks and liquids that are classified as being situated at ‘Level 1’ of the IDDSI framework are generally slightly thicker in consistency. They tend to be slighter thicker than water, and although they require more effort to drink, they can still be sucked through a straw.
Liquids that are classified as ‘Level 2’ are mildly thick, though they will still easily flow from a spoon. Level 2 liquids require only mild effort to drink.
Characteristics of ‘Level 3’ drinks are that they can still be drunk from a cup but are moderately thick and so cannot be molded, piped, or layered. Chewing is not required with drinks at Level 3, and it would be impossible to eat such a liquid.
The characteristics of substances classified as being situated at ‘Level 4’ of the IDDSI framework are extremely thick and often pureed foodstuffs. If tongue control is a problem with a person who is living from dysphagia, this may be the best level at which to consume food and drink.
Minced and moist foodstuffs make up most items classified as ‘Level 5,’ and the substances can all be scooped and shaped to suit the individual. Additionally, only minimal chewing is required foodstuffs that fall into this level of the framework.
‘Level 6’ foodstuffs are generally bite-sized and soft and can therefore be broken down and mashed with cutlery, although they do still require a certain level of chewing.
Foods at ‘Level 7’ are easy to chew and are basically normal, everyday foodstuffs with tender textures.
Food classified at ‘Level 8’ is typical everyday food that people who do not have any swallowing or eating difficulties can manage.
Africa Games Armwrestling: Golden Arms to grab Golden Gold for Ghana, receives boost from NHIS, HD+, KOFATA and others.
The National Armwrestling team, Golden Arms has set an ambitious target of securing a third of Ghana’s total medal haul at the forthcoming Africa Games scheduled for March 08 to 23,2024.
Coming into the Games for the first time, the Golden Arms are poised and ready to make history again in order to add up to Ghana’s medal haul towards its host and win agenda.
Mr. Charles Osei Asibey, President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) said the team being in camp since February is unprecedented in their preparation for any major championship thus super ready to deliver at the continental stage on promise.
“We are ready to give the rest of Africa a tough competition as always. We have medals targets for Ghana, my hardworking team has had enough preparations and I am convinced they will show up to put up a good show.”
Currently in camp at Legon, the Golden Arms have received major boost from the Armwrestling board, development partners National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) through their sports is good health agenda spearheaded by CEO Dr. Oko Boye, SES HD Plus through the Kids Armwrestling future champions program, Kofata Motors, the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) through the federations support, Minister and Ministry of Youth & Sports who ensured Armwrestling is well placed, the Local Organizing Committee and friends, all to get the team thrive at the 13th Africa Games in Accra. The various support directed towards training equipment, medics, team preparation, kitting and other logistical needs.
Mr. Osei Asibey urged Ghanaians to rally behind the team as they go in to conquer the rest of Africa on March 15 and 16, 2024 at the Cedi Hall, University of Ghana.
The Ghana National Armwrestling Team, the Golden Arms having dominated the continent for the past yeare, will hunt for Gold and bring Ghana that glory it deserves.
Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis
In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections.
This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.
Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.
In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.
Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.
The Solar Project
This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.
In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared: “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”
Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.
she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.
Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.
The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana.
This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.