The new BBC radio series The Truth about Diabetes begins with a visit to Sri Lanka, where 10% Sri Lankans have diabetes, and another 10% have pre-diabetes. During her visit, Presenter Anu Anand learns about why diabetes poses a special threat to South Asians like herself – and meets with local experts working to meet the challenge.
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On 14 November 2015, a new clinic for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes opened at the Hospital of Mali, in Bamako. Placed in a renovated, separate wing of the hospital, the new clinic will bring more space, services and better care to local children with the disease.
The new Diabetes Atlas numbers, released during the 2015 World Diabetes Congress in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday, are troubling enough. 415 million adults have diabetes, and by 2040 this will rise to 642 million.
Representatives of the World Diabetes Foundation are at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland this week, participating in a WHO dialogue exploring how to strengthen international cooperation on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
GENTOFTE, DENMARK – Jakob Riis, PhD, Novo Nordisk A/S executive vice president, China, Pacific & Marketing, has been elected to the World Diabetes Foundation Board.
Mr Riis takes over from Lars Rebien Sørensen, who is stepping down after 13 years of dedicated work on behalf of people with diabetes in developing countries.
Mr Riis earned an MSc in Forestry from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark, in 1992, and a PhD from the same institution in 1998.
From 8 to 10 September, health professionals and ministry of health officials from 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered in Lima, Peru, for the Pan American Conference on Diabetes and Pregnancy. The conference was organised by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and the World Diabetes Foundation.
In May, the ASCEND Research Network, the Sri Lankan National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) and the World Diabetes Foundation held a regional forum in Sri Lanka. Its aim: to improve the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the South East Asian region.
Zambia is known for its rugged terrain, diverse wildlife, and world-famous waterfall. It also has a reputation for political stability and a growing economy. Yet serious challenges remain. Poverty is widespread, life expectancy is among the lowest in the world and the death rate is one of the highest - largely due to the prevalence of HIV/Aids.
Below is a list of the new projects that received WDF funding in the first six months of 2015.
Click the project number below or enter the project ID into the WDF Project map to learn more:
New projects signed January-June, 2015