The Syrian Diabetes Association (SDA) founded in 1973, became an IDF member in 1992, and participates actively in all MENA region activities. The SDA mission is to help, improve the life of people with diabetes, unify and organize the efforts of people living and working with diabetes, collaborate with worldwide organizations, and develop a diabetes prevention program in Syria.
The SDA coordinates with the local authorities on the implementation of the National Diabetes Program, as well as for organizing educational activities, screening diabetes, promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity, and preventing diabetes complications.
SDA organizes an annual scientific meeting for physicians and healthcare providers, educational activities (workshops, educational programs) for people with diabetes, and awareness campaigns for public. They have also many publications and leaflets, and theirr website in Arabic. The SDA celebrates every year the WDD with large activities in many cities, and participates in the global village during the World Diabetes Congress of IDF.
Publications & Newsletters
The SDA has many publications:
The journal Alam Alsukar: the lonely diabetes journal for physicians in Arabic. (Printed & online)
The journal Ajak Sekaria for people with diabetes (printed).
The SDA newsletter (only online)
Message from the President
Mr. Najat Senej - "Syria is a country situated in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, with a population of more than 20 million inhabitants. The prevalence of diabetes in our country is high; there are almost one million people with diabetes. The national diabetes program covered about half of the diabetic population. Insulin and oral hypoglycemic agents were available and free in diabetic centers around the country. The SDA, the largest diabetes association in Syria, was always active in screening diabetes, providing education and increasing awareness across the country, through meetings, workshops, and publications.
In the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, the situation of people living with diabetes became very critical. Many hospitals and diabetic centers were destroyed. People with diabetes suffered from lack of treatment and many diabetics were unable to obtain insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents. In addition, they lost access to medical follow up. Although some humanitarian assistance began to arrive two years ago for people with diabetes, the situation continues to deteriorate, because medical supplies are still insufficient, due to difficulties of transportation and distribution.
During the current crisis and particularly after it, the SDA has and will continue to have a considerable role to play and many tasks to achieve, and we in the SDA are ready to assume our responsibility to help people with diabetes in all circumstances."