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2018 Fundraiser: Children with diabetes in Kenya

Kenyan children with type 1 at a WDF-sponsored camp in 2016. WDF’s new fundraiser will build on the learnings of past projects, and expand their impact.
Type 1 diabetes is a complex disease, no matter where you live. But in Kenya, poverty, stigmatisation, ignorance, myths and poor access to quality treatment often add to the difficulties people with the condition face.
 
In 2008, WDF, Kenya’s Diabetes Management and Information Centre and Kenya’s Ministry of Health set out to do something about it. They began by providing Hba1c testing, diagnostic equipment and insulin*, quarterly home visits and camps for 90 children. 
 

In Mozambique, an integrated approach to NCDs

Dancers at the launch of WDF12-745, one of two programmes now addressing NCDs in Mozambique.
In Mozambique, an integrated approach to tackling non-communicable diseases is under way. It began with Integrated primary health care for diabetes and hypertension, WDF12-745, a programme launched in 2017 to strengthen diabetes and hypertension care at the primary level in three of the country’s 11 provinces: Maputo, Sofala and Cabo Delgado.

Professor Azad Khan receives Independence Award

Prof Azad Khan
Prof. Azad Khan (centre) with two religious leaders working on the WDF project ‘Preconception care through religious leaders in Bangladesh’, WDF15-1237.
On Feb 20, the government of Bangladesh announced that Professor Azad Khan will receive the 2018 Independence Day Award for Social Service. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will present the award to Prof Khan and the year’s other award winners on 26 March. 
 

Fieldwork explores life with diabetes in Zanzibar

A man with diabetes with his doctor and family during an interview in Kivunge, Zanzibar. Photo by Anna Knauer Elley
In Zanzibar, close family members often have a strong influence on the decisions people with diabetes make about their treatment – and how well they comply with that treatment. 
 
In response, the local health system should increase its focus on the role of family in diabetes patients’ care, acknowledging that patients are closely integrated in a larger social network in order to secure more effective treatment and better outcomes. 
 

Diabetes in Pregnancy Photo Contest deadline extended

Diabetes in Pregnancy photo contest
Contest deadline has been extended to 1 March 2018.
In 1 in 7 pregnancies, the mother's blood sugar is periodically or consistently too high — and the vast majority of women and babies affected live in low-and middle-income countries.
 
To raise awareness about this serious – and preventable - threat to women and children, the World Diabetes Foundation and Women Deliver launched the Diabetes in Pregnancy Photo Contest on World Diabetes Day 2017. The deadline has been extended to 1 March, 2018.
 

WDF funds 16 new projects in second half of 2017

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Staff from a clinic for children with type 1 diabetes in Cameroon, where WDF has launched a series of new projects.

Below is a list of the new partnership projects that received WDF funding in the second six months of 2017. (Several advocacy projects also received funding in the second half of the year; these are not listed.)  

Links to project descriptions will be added as they become available.

New projects signed in second half of 2017

Fundraiser project brings diabetes foot care to Myanmar

Ms Daw Aye Aye Than receiving foot care at the new diabetes foot clinic at hospital UM1 in Yangon.
On a warm November day in Yangon, a neatly dressed 49-year-old woman sat stoically behind a wood and glass partition at University Hospital UM1, her legs outstretched in front of her. A nurse swabbed her left foot gently, cleaning the space around her recently amputated second toe. The woman cringed, but made no sound.
 
“She has pain,” acknowledged Moe Wint Aung, Professor in endocrinology in the Department of Endocrine. “We would like to give her some analgesic spray, but we have a shortage of this good material for pain.”
 

On World Diabetes Day, a needed focus on women and girls

Diabetes educator nurses, Sri Lanka
Diabetes educator nurses in Sri Lanka, where a WDF-supported national NCD response is helping women reduce their diabetes risks. Photo by Jesper Westley.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been the leading causes of death among women globally for at least the past three decades. Today, they are responsible for two in every three deaths among women. What’s worse, the NCD burden on women is expected to increase, especially in low and middle income countries.  
 
Why are women suffering disproportionately from diabetes, and what can be done about it? 
 

New WDF Director: Partners can expect the same, and more

Leif Fenger, WDF Managing Director
Leif Fenger Jensen brings 25 years of international experience to his role as WDF Managing Director.
When Mr Leif Fenger Jensen assumed the role of World Diabetes Foundation Managing Director on 1 November, it was both a return to familiar territory, and a new start. 
 
Mr Jensen helped create the WDF, served as its first Managing Director from 2002-2005, and served as the Vice Chairman of its Board from 2005-2017. Yet he resumes the Managing Director role in a Foundation that is much changed – with 15 years of experience, global reach, and a growing demand for its expertise.