This was stated at the opening session of the Pakistan Diabetes Leadership Forum (PDLF), which took place in Islamabad from 1-2 March and included international and national speakers, key opinion leaders and policy makers from Europe, Middle-East and Pakistan. The inaugural session was addressed by Her Excellency, Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, who highlighted the urgency and the scale of the challenge presented by diabetes in Pakistan.
Journalists have the ability to provide their audience with potentially life-saving information if they possess the knowledge and understanding of how to communicate about diabetes effectively. Few journalists in Kenya are trained in reporting on diabetes issues. This leaves many Kenyans – especially those not reached by mainstream media – unaware of the diabetes epidemic, its symptoms, the consequences of inadequate treatment and how to prevent developing this disease.
20 March 2014
Only funds to developing countries
Worldwide, diabetes is estimated to rise 55% over the next twenty years. The majority of this increase will take place in today’s developing countries, most notably with a 109% increase in Africa. This poses immense challenges to health systems which are not geared to tackle the tsunami of diabetes which follows in the wake of urbanisation trends and economic growth.
A supplement on tuberculosis and diabetes was published in the November 2013 edition of The Union’s free online journal Public Health Action.
One way of addressing the gap between diabetes patients and available health care personnel is peer education which is based on the belief that social behaviour is contagious. The World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) supports the Turkish Diabetes Foundation in a four-year peer education project which aims at mobilising and changing lifestyle among people living with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes.
75% of people over the age of 50 have diabetes in Majuro, Marshall Islands. In the Majuro Hospital the most common procedure is amputation. It is time to make a change to reverse the trend of diabetes in the island nation.
A short film produced by WDF’s project partner in the Marshall Islands, Canvasback Missions draws the lines of the situation and showcases the efforts being made to reverse the trend.
21 Januar 2013. Article in Danish. Godt fem millioner personer i Bangladesh lever i dag med diabetes, og International Diabetes Federation anslår, at dette tal vil fordobles inden 2035. At kroniske sygdomme som diabetes lægger en enorm byrde på skrøbelige sundhedssystemer i lavindkomstlande er en gammel nyhed. Men at det netop er lav- og mellemindkomstlande, der bliver hårdest ramt af den globale diabetesepidemi, er en større overraskelse.
On this day new data on the number of people globally with diabetes has been published in the IDF Diabetes Atlas 6th edition. Worldwide, diabetes will increase 55% from 382 to 592 million people over the next 20 years; in Africa alone the increase is expected to be 110%.
Uganda, October 2013. Thanks to a project at the Nsambya Hospital for children living with type 1 diabetes, Kisembo’s life has changed for the better. The project is a partnership between the Uganda Ministry of Health, the World Diabetes Foundation, Novo Nordisk a/s and Roche Diagnostics who in collaboration provide diabetes education and supplies, including glucometers, strips, insulin and syringes.*