Wings News


December 2015

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) launched the global gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) model approach to care during a Satellite Symposium held at the IDF World Diabetes Congress in Vancouver. The new guidelines for healthcare professionals on GDM screening and management have been developed as part of the WINGS project. Read more here.

The IDF GDM Model of Care and other resources for GDM management are available and downloadable for free here.


October 2015

The Women in India with GDM Strategy (WINGS) rural outreach programme was organised in Chunampet, India on 13 October 2015. 51 pregnant women with few more additional family members participated in the programme.

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September 2015

The national dissemination workshop of the WINGS project - International Update on GDM, was held on September 26 and September 27 in Chennai, India.

Forty International and National experts in the field of diabetes and obstetrics, endocrinology, public health representing international and national bodies including WHO, NIDDK, ADA, NICHD, AOFOG, AMPATH, RSSDI, API, ESI and national institutions and hospitals delivered scientific sessions during the workshop. Three hundred delegates from various fields including diabetes, obstetrics, endocrinology, public health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) participated in the workshop.

Read the full Report here.
Read the Press Release here.
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June 2015

As part of the WINGS project's rural outreach, a community health workers training for health volunteers from all over Tamil Nadu stateon was conducted on 14 June at the Sundaram, Sathya sai trust in Chennai. Around 250 participants from more than 100 villages from various districts of the state attended the one and a half day workshop. A training kit with copies of GDM pamphlets, booklet and CHW manual were distributed to all participants.

The workshop included presentations on diagnosis of gestational diabetes, importance of physical activity and dietary management in women diagnosed with GDM and pregnancy outcomes of GDM. Participants were also introduced to the “snake and ladder game on gestational diabetes” and were asked to play the game and provide feedback and comments on content, ease of usage, flow of messages, color and theme. 

April 2015

Three abstracts from the WINGS project were presented as posters at the 8th International DIP Symposium on Diabetes, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome & Pregnancy in Berlin, Germany.

March 2015

IDF conducted a field visit to Chennai during which the WINGS project team met with key contributors and stakeholders at the MDRF diabetes centre and also visited the Andhra Mahila Sabha Clinic.

February 2015

Nutrition Awareness Programme: Andhra Mahila Sabha Hospital, Chennai - a community intervention initiative involving pregnant mothers who were screened and diagnosed with gestational diabetes under the WINGS model of care and other pregnant women visiting the Andhra Mahila Sabha Hospital for antenatal care.Two balanced diet recipes were demonstrated by the MDRF nutrition department. A game on healthy eating was well received by the participating mothers and prizes were distributed to the winners. Mothers, mother-in-laws and spouses were also invited to participate. About 15 pregnant women and their care givers actively took part in the programme.

September 2014

During the 50th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Vienna, Austria, Dr V. Mohan, Founder of MDRF and Principal Investigator for the Women in India with GDM Strategy (WINGS) project, gave a poster presentation on "Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in resource constrained settings".

August 2014

According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas sixth edition, hyperglycaemia in pregnancy is found in around 25% of pregnant women in the IDF South East Asia Region. Many of these women go on to develop gestational diabetes (GDM).
The new ‘Testimonials’ section features stories from women diagnosed with GDM in India and how they manage their condition.

July 2014

WINGS project's photo highlights are now available on Flickr.

July 2014

Seven clinics are currently implementing the pilot IDF GDM Model of Care. Two new clinics have started using the project’s protocol for the GDM screening and management of women diagnosed with GDM: The Punjab Association Clinic and the Durgabhai Deshmukh Hospital. Women with GDM are being managed using the new IDF GDM model approach to care protocol. After the deliver, both mothers and babies are followed-up for outcomes. Subsequent analysis of findings is underway.

June 2014

Counselling and community-based activities are now incorporated into the IDF GDM Model of Care to promote proper nutrition and physical activity at the community level.

June 2014

A joint field visit with representatives of the Abbott Fund was organised in India (including staff from Abbott Diabetes Care India). This successful visit highlighted the positive impact that the WINGS project has on the quality of life of women living with gestational diabetes.

March 2014

Three abstracts were accepted for poster presentation: (1) two for the 74th American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, 2014 and (2) one for the 50th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD, September 2014 in Vienna, Austria).


April 2013

The first meeting of the Expert Committee for the WINGS project was held in Chennai on the 16th and 17th April 2013.
Dr V Mohan of Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), and principal investigator for the WINGS project alongside other experts from around the world participated in the Expert Committee meeting to develop a Model of Care and curriculum on gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).
Read more here.