Kuwait Diabetes Society

Organizational Information

Kaifan Block 1, Ishbilia street
71961 Kifan
Kuwait
Tel: +965-2-4819242
 
 

Membership Information

Founded in 1996

25141 Members in 2013

 

13 employees 

Member of IDF since 1992

 

About

Kuwait Diabetes Society (KDS) is a nonprofit foundation that was established in 1996 through the Kuwait Medical Association (KMA). It was initially located within the KMA building. As the number of the members grew throughout the years and the service provided  has varied , KDS has relocated to a spacious setting in  al Ma’moun School in Kifan Area. Today KDS is considered one of the largest societies in Kuwait with more than 25,000 registered member and with more than 250 visitors per day.
 
Mission 
To provide the opportunity to live a healthy life with diabetes without complications. 
 
Vision
To promote awareness of the society  to prevent and control diabetes  through the  implementation of best practices and evidence based guidelines and by conducting and organizing workshops /courses for both health care professionals and general population.
 

 

Main Focus

  • To empower individuals with diabetes for better control
  • To educate health care professional for a better practice of diabetes care
  • To promote public awareness to adopt healthy life style and  prevent diabetes
  • To support research in diabetes

Activities

  • Develop training courses and workshops  to empower individuals with diabetes and to provide the opportunity to share experiences.
  • Provide diabetes management tools (glucometers, glucose strips, etc) at  average costs that are lower than market price.
  • Provide free retinal exams , HbA1C check, diabetes education , foot care consultations and dietary advice for members.
  • Construct periodical publications and educational materials covering latest news in the field of diabetes.
  • Organize training courses for health care professionals( nurses, physicians, dieticians)  to support best practice of care and prevention of diabetes and it’s complications.
  • Arrange sponsoring local and international diabetes conferences.
  • Increase cooperation between physicians  and health care professionals specializing in diabetes to share knowledge and exchange experiences regarding diabetes therapy to improve care provided for people with diabetes.
  • Coordinate with governmental and nongovernmental organizations to promote a high standard diabetes care delivered to diabetic patients.  
  • Establish and strengthen the relationships between KDS and other diabetes related organizations and associations regionally and globally.
Screening and awareness program
It’s a mission of Kuwait diabetes society  to raise the  awareness of  the community including children and youth  about risk factors of  obesity and diabetes, their complications and the importance of adopting a healthy life style.
 
KDS organizes screening campaigns by having Open days in commercial centers , schools and universities  where screening , and counseling is offered for  the public. 
Screening includes checking blood pressure, blood sugar and also weight and BMI aiming to increase the  awareness of healthy life style and weight control to fight obesity and  diabetes and to prevent complications.
 
Celebrating world diabetes day
KDS celebrates world diabetes day by organizing awareness  activities, lectures  open days walkathon together with  blue Lighting of Kuwait towers and other buildings to remind public of the need to fight diabetes.
 
Supporting  “Young leader group” program
KDS is supporting the IDF young leader group program in Kuwait by providing logistic help and funds to the group named “Blue circle” which showed great success in opening channels of communication with youths with diabetes through the social media network ( twitter, Instagram, etc ).  
 
Prevention of diabetes complications
KDS works with the patients to help prevent diabetes complications, we provide medical care service free of charge for all members.  Daily education clinic at KDS provided by  expert nurse educator.Foot  and retinal examination is also offered by consultant diabetologist.
 
Education and training program
Part of KDS  mission  is to provide continuous medical education and training for physician and health care professionals  working in diabetes to raise the standards of medical services provided to our diabetics. Workshops and continuous medical education lectures targeting primary health care physicians and nurses are organized by KDS.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Leaders in Diabetes

Maryam and Mohammad represent the Kuwait Diabetes Association in the Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme (YLD).

Read more about them and about the YLD programme here

Message from the President

Dr. Hessa al Kandari "The prevalence of diabetes is increasing at alarming rates in the  gulf  region. Kuwait is among the top ten countries with the highest diabetes prevalence rate. Obesity is another growing health concern in Kuwait. Kuwait is also placed in the top ten fattest countries in the world with 74% of total population being overweight or obese . Diabetes promises to become a larger public health issue with significant social and economic burden. it’s hardly realistic to heap the entire burden on government shoulders. A collaborative effort among people with diabetes and those at risk of diabetes, governments and health services, health care professionals and the general public, is needed to manage the global diabetes challenge. We cannot stress further the importance of education as a key to confronting the issue of diabetes and obesity in our region. As member of IDF we are able to join the world largest network of diabetes organizations in the  fight  against diabetes."

 

 

 

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