Issue: July 2017 - Improving access to diabetes care
Section: The global campaign
IDF Congress 2017: Science of diabetic complications: how poor access is a risk factor for complications
The global diabetes community will unite at the IDF Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 4-8 December 2017. The event will include more than 200 speakers, both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participation from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and other health organisations.
I have the honor and responsibility of coordinating with the collaboration of other several well-known colleagues, including Kamil Salamah (Saudi Arabia), Larry Distiller (South Africa) and Ramon Gomis (Spain) for the Stream, Science of diabetes complications, scheduled for the IDF Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi in December of this year.
The great prevalence and increasing incidence of micro and macrovascular diabetic complications are likely to be initially connected with poor access to early diabetes diagnosis and treatment but also to the identification and control of an individual’s pre diabetic status. Another factor is the coinciding poor access to training available to healthcare teams on the clinical management of diabetes as well as self-management education for people with diabetes. Combined with the shortage of medicines and supplies, the result has obvious consequences: poor adherence, medical inertia and preventable, yet poor outcomes. Unfortunately, there’s a third access issue: adequate care for diabetes prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic complications which are lacking in several areas of the world.
These issues above are why poor access has such a formidable place in a program dedicated to diabetic complications. Examples of Stream symposia include: “Forgotten complications of diabetes” with Richard Donnelly (UK) and Lewis Winning (UK); “Gestational diabetes and micro and macro vascular impact” with Maria Christina Faingold (Argentina) and Maria Ines Schmidt (Brazil); and “Diabetic nephropathy-From the beginning” with Alicia Ester Elbert (Argentina), Fernando Lanas (Chile) and Alexander Miras (UK). Mark Cooper (Australia) will deliver the IDF Award Lecture, “Pathogenesis of micro and macrovascular complications: are there common pathways for both?”
Presentations will be delivered by our outstanding faculty through symposia, case studies, meet the expert sessions and debates. This format assures not only the reception of new and important knowledge in these areas, but also a tremendous possibility of exchanging ideas and experiences among the delegates from all over the world and lecturers coming from different regions of the IDF.
It must also be must emphasized that issues concerning the diabetic foot—a topic where poor access has enormous importance—have been developed in a specific Stream with the leadership of Lawrence Harkless (USA).
I am convinced that the Science of diabetes complications Stream will give healthcare providers and people with diabetes new tools for diabetes management, and the 2017 IDF Congress will confirm the success of previous ones.
Isaac Sinay is an advisor at the diabetes unit at the Cardiovascular Institute of Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Stream Lead, Science of diabetic complications for the IDF Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.