It is with great sadness and regret that the International Diabetes Federation received the news of the passing on 14 August 2012 of Dr Dhruba Lall Singh, Chair of the IDF South-East Asia (SEA) Region. Dr Singh, from Nepal, was a much loved and respected member of the international diabetes community and his contribution to the diabetes cause will be sorely missed.
Dr Singh became IDF SEA Regional Chair in 2009 following a three-year period as Chair-Elect. He was also the Visiting Professor of Medicines at the National Academy of Medical Science in Kathmandu and President of the Nepal Diabetes Association. In the past, Dr Singh worked as a Senior House Officer and Registrar of Internal Medicine and Paediatrics at various hospitals in the United Kingdom and served as the senior consultant physician for the Bir Hospital of Kathmandu.
With over 30 years of service to improving the lives of people with diabetes, both nationally and internationally, Dr Singh made a significant contribution to IDF's mission of advancing diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. He was a pioneer for the study and care of diabetes in Nepal, having established the first diabetes clinic in the country and conducted the first nation-wide population prevalence study. He also founded the Nepal Diabetes Association in 1990. His extensive work in the field of diabetes research resulted in his efforts being rewarded with the Mahendra Vidhya Bhusan, Sewa Padak and Gorkha Dakshin Bahu Medals.
The International Diabetes Federation expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to Dr Singh's family for their loss.