South-South cooperation to improve diabetes care

China, Zimbabwe and Ecuador will have an exclusive opportunity to replicate and adapt a successful diabetic foot care project originally developed in Alexandria, Egypt. This pioneering partner approach to diabetes care is a first of its kind South-South cooperation for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). A South-South cooperation promotes the sharing of best practices in research and prevention between low and middle income countries.

With the support of the IDF BRIDGES programme, three diabetes centres in the selected countries, will benefit from the partnership:

  • Qingdao Endocrine and Diabetes Hospital, Qingdao (China)
  • Zimbabwe Diabetes Association, Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Ambulatory healthcare center “CAA Cotocollao”, Quito (Ecuador)

Prior to the start of the intervention, local teams in these centres will be trained during workshops organized by Professor Samir Helmy Assaad-Khalil, professor of Internal Medicine, Alexandria Faculty of Medicine  and principal investigator of the original project in Egypt and IDF. These four day workshops will strengthen the intervention and ensure the success of its implementation.

We are building bridges between scientists and diabetes communities worldwide through a unique South-South cooperation” said Sir Michael Hirst, President of IDF. “With over 80% of the people living with diabetes in low and middle income countries, the transfer of knowledge and expertise between these regions is key to tackle the diabetes epidemic and reduce complications”.

“After successful results in Egypt, we are excited to share our foot care project with the rest of the world” stated Professor Assaad-Khalil. “In less than two years in Egypt, we managed to educate/orient more than 2,700 professionals nationwide. Almost all universities now have a module on diabetes foot care included in their graduate and/or post graduate curriculum”.

For more information contact:

Ronan L’Heveder, [email protected]

BRIDGES is a programme of the International Diabetes Federation supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes. BRIDGES is dedicated to translational research and  is supporting 41 projects in 38 countries in primary and secondary prevention of diabetes. More information is available on