14 September 2017
Novena University (Delta State, Nigeria), the College of Medicine of University of Nigeria (Nigeria) and the Universitas Syiah Kuala (Banda Aceh, Indonesia), in collaboration with Georg-August Universität Gottïngen in Germany, have been selected as implementation sites for the first round of the IDF BRIDGES 2 (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) programme.
Each of the three institutions will receive funding and the adequate mentorship to implement a tailor-made diabetes secondary prevention programme. This will enable the implementation of established evidenced-based interventions and community oriented approaches to diabetes care in different settings, with the ultimate aim of improving health outcomes for people living with diabetes.
The selected projects are varied and include a randomized trial on the suitability of peer education to improve diabetes management and outcomes in a low-income setting (Banda Aceh, Indonesia); a randomized trial on an intensive education intervention using a mobile application and network of people living with diabetes to implement glycaemic control (Delta State, Nigeria); and a community-based randomized trial and lifestyle intervention using a targeted shared care approach on pregnancy outcomes in Nigerian women with gestational diabetes but without diabetes (Nsukka, Nigeria).
Robert Gabbay, Chair of the BRIDGES 2 Steering Group, said: “Following a detailed peer review process by a group of cross disciplinary international experts in diabetes and global health, we have selected these three projects to disseminate the successful approaches from our previously funded BRIDGES 1 projects”.
BRIDGES 2 is a joint programme of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly).