Working in partnership with doctors and other professors at the University of Michigan, Grace has become the testing site of a new “triage” model to help categorize and treat diabetes patients in Trincomalee. The team from the Ross School of Business visited Grace from February 26th through March 3rd and also spent the day of March 4th in the capitol of Sri Lanka, Colombo.


As the ongoing team works to train the orphan girls in implementing and running the diagnostic aspect of the triage system, the 2017 Sri Lanka team was tasked with investigating the triage model further and interviewing all stakeholders regarding their views of the model, as well as, identifying suggestions for further improvements. Thus, the 2017 team spent most of its time in Trinco interviewing all of the trained technicians from the orphanage, several patients that have interacted with the technicians both at special diabetes awareness nights hosted at Grace and in a diabetes clinic at the Trinco General Hospital, along with some of the doctors that have interacted with the technicians in the clinical setting and/or assisted the technicians with their training.


In addition to the interviews, the 2017 team was able to take part in a variety of cultural activities throughout Sri Lanka. We visited some temples and had a chance to hike to the top of Sigiriya, the ancient city and World Heritage site, as well as, a chance to visit the orphan elephants of Pinnawala. The team was housed at Grace, so we were able to spend a lot of time living the day-to-day life of the orphans and elders that call Grace home. The team was able to spend an evening playing games on the beach with the girls and had fun with our surprise gift of mini water squirters. Not to mention that the team was able to enjoy many home cooked meals compliments of the girls and staff at Grace.


– Keven DuComb, Laura Florez Pineda, Sarah Haroon, Kat James, John Rincon-Hekking

Ross Business School, University of Michigan.