This week, more than 350 people from across South Asia will gather in Colombo, Sri Lanka to discuss a growing threat to maternal and child health – hyperglycaemia in pregnancy (HIP).
The media NGO Journalists Association Against AIDS (JournAIDS) has produced two magazines that are helping lift diabetes up the health agenda in Malawi.
The first, Positive Voices, was published in February, 2016. The 32-page magazine features commentary, interviews and patient profiles, and targets patients, policy and decision makers as well as journalists themselves.
Diabetes is one of the biggest health emergencies of the 21st century. There is an urgent need to unite around global goals, and increase the capacity of health professionals and others working to counter the disease- especially in low and middle income countries, where three quarters of people with diabetes now live.
The World Diabetes Foundation has supported 458 partnership projects in 114 countries since 2002. We’ve searched our archives for the best diabetes materials available, and published them on our website for you:
Gulnara Sarjveladze lies on an examining table at Batumi Endocrinology Center in southwestern Georgia, her eyes closed.
“Vgrdznob,” she says, as Nurse-podiatrist Irina Kakhidze touches her feet with a short, wiry strand of monofilament. “I feel it.”
Below is a list of the new partnership projects that received WDF funding in the first six months of 2016. (Several advocacy projects also received funding in the first half of the year; these are not listed.)
Project descriptions will be added to the WDF website soon; search on the project ID to learn more.
New projects signed in first half of 2016
The peoples of the Pacific have the world’s highest rates of obesity and diabetes, exceeding 30% of the adult population in some islands states. This week, government, health and development authorities met in the first coordinated, high-level effort to do something about it.
“This was my dream eight years ago: that all the people and organisations working towards the prevention and care of diabetes could come together and join forces in trying to solve the growing burden of diabetes in Malawi. Today, this dream has come true.”
A visit to the Maximum Security prison in Ikoyi, near Lagos, wasn’t originally part of the plan. But when WDF partner Structured Healthcare Initiatives had some funds left after opening 20 diabetes foot care clinics across Lagos, the WDF project partner decided to add one more site to the list.
In March 2016, Myanmar elected its first civilian head of state in more than 50 years. The country begins this new era burdened by a number of challenges: among them, an under-resourced health care system.
When more than 80 select representatives of Ministries of Health, the WHO, the African Union, the Global NCD Alliance, local/regional civil society groups and academic institutions met at the NCD Symposium in Dar Es Salaam on 17-18 March, the objective was clear.