Six months on: women's health challenges recognised

Six months on, the impact and political momentum of the UN High-level Summit on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) is becoming clearer. Diabetes and NCDs are now taking the spotlight at key political meetings and are featuring in resolutions and declarations.

Earlier this month, the annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) adopted a Resolution on maternal mortality and morbidity. This milestone Resolution emphasised linkages between NCDs and maternal health, as well as making specific references to gestational diabetes (GDM).

In 2010 a similar Resolution on maternal mortality was adopted at CSW with no mention of NCDs or GDM. Post-Summit, diabetes and NCDs are now on the global and maternal health agenda.

The 2012 Resolution states that prenatal malnutrition and low birth weight create a predisposition to obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes later in life. It also states that maternal obesity and GDM are associated with an increased risk of contracting NCDs.

IDF, together with its over 200 member associations, is fully committed to translating political discussions and resolutions into real change for the millions of girls and women affected by diabetes worldwide.  

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