The Emirates Diabetes Society is a non-profit medical society which was established in 1996 representing a cross section of specialist physicians and healthcare providers who are actively involved in the management of diabetes and endocrinology. The Emirates Diabetes Society is the primary Medical Society in the United Arab Emirates responsible for research, education, and dissemination of Diabetes information to the medical and non-medical community. The society conducts number educational programs, which includes scientific as well as educational programs targeted towards Diabetes Educators.
To educate the community about diabetes and its complications and to better enable other health care professionals to assist physicians in providing patient counselling and guidance about diabetes by developing guidelines for the Management of Diabetes with a multidisciplinary approach.
Primary Prevention of Type-2 Diabetes by decreasing the prevalence of risk factors leading to diabetes in the forthcoming years.
Decreasing prevalence of overweight and obesity by 10% at minimum, increasing the percentage of physically active people by 20%, reducing the rates of tobacco use among adults by 5%, and reducing the rate of exposure to passive smoking by 100%.
To encourage healthy lifestyle adaptations – including proper diet and exercise – among the pre-diabetes group.
To improve the life of diabetes patients and teach them to control and manage the disease more efficiently and effectively.
The Emirates Diabetes Society has, over the years, kept alive the awareness & educational campaigns among the patients, public, and healthcare providers through activities which include:
Scientific Education of the Medical Community - through Conferences, Trainings, Workshops, and Certification of Educators
Community outreach and education - through Mass public education via Media, public physical activities organized across communities and education to individuals and institutions, and publication of information for dissemination to the general public in Arabic and English.
The Society celebrates World Diabetes Day every year with great ceremony. Awareness campaigns are held all over the Emirates with free health checkups, free consultations with physicians and diabetes educators, and distribution of educational materials. The major landmark of UAE, The Burj Al Arab, is adorned in Blue Lights to highlight the Celebrations. Walkathons are also organized in the different emirates to spread the message “Beat Diabetes”.
EDS has a Diabetes Clinic on the wheels, aptly named “Win Over Diabetes” – a fully equipped Clinic which travels all over the UAE with a team of 3 Doctors, 3 Nurses, and 1 Diabetes Educator focusing the Rural Regions. It is staffed by members of the EDS and associated nurses. The aim is to boost the overall care of diabetes across the country by screening patients for complications of the disease and revising current management plans to offer better treatment and prevention of the life-threatening complications and an overall health screen is also done including Full Fundus examination using a Fundus Camera and parameters like height, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and BMI are also estimated. Anyone who is screened with Diabetes or a pre-diabetes condition is counselled on control and management of the disease. While visiting local primacy health care centres, the team educates the local GPs on the most up-to-date methods of diagnosing, treating and managing diabetes so that once the bus leaves, the knowledge is in place to ensure that the best care continues.
Scientific Education Community Nursing Educators Program and Certification:
With the realization that small investments in prevention, awareness and care can go a long way in improving the quality of life for diabetes patients and bring about dramatic reductions in health-care costs; EDS organized Courses to develop Certified Diabetes Nurse Educators who can support physicians by taking up the role of educators more effectively. EDS successfully ran 3 courses creating more than 100 Nurse Educators located in the various health facilities across the country.
Scientific Congress – Emirates Diabetes Congress
The Emirates Diabetes Congress was founded with the intention of educating its community of physicians and care givers about the latest developments in the field of diabetes. The Congress is a CME-Accredited Event which attracts the best of the speakers & experts from all over the world and the region.
The 2014 Emirates Diabetes & Endocrine Congress (The Fourth) will be held during 20-22 February 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Conference and Convention Centre, Dubai, UAE. For detailed information on the Congress, please visit www.edec-uae.com
Publications & Newsletters
EDS is publishing a bimonthly magazine “Diabetes Positive Living” since 2010 October. This is an exclusive diabetes magazine promoting “healthy living with diabetes”. The Magazine covers all topics related to Diabetes and its management –including education about the disease, latest treatment modalities and medications, update on diabetes research, exercise and diet information etc. The magazine is distributed to the public and health care facilities free of cost, concentrating on facilities with Diabetes & Endocrinology clinics.
Message from the President
Dr. Abdulrazzaq Al Madani "EDS has been a member of IDF since 2000. The Society has integrated the Mission and Values of IDF into its own objectives and works in close collaboration with IDF with the Vision of “living in a world without diabetes”. The IDF membership gave us a Global Perspective of the disease and its reach and has helped us to effectively understand and confront the issue on a community/regional level. IDF has also served as a platform for discussion, and knowledge & experience sharing between various local societies and this has again helped us in tackling our own region-specific issues more effectively.
Our efforts and campaigns are designed with the focus to reach out to all corners of the society, and in this regard, we have developed various outreach programs that go across the whole country and these include rural areas as well. As the primary Society responsible for the spread of the education as well as treatment of Diabetes we have, with industry, invested in a Mobile Vehicle and also assist the health care providers in closing the gaps in practice (through diabetes educators).
Our strategic plans are based on the strategic goals of IDF and this served us to move our fight from the local to the global stage and implement best practices from around the world in our service. This has given us more access to the advances in the treatment, management and prevention of the disease and has also helped us to advance and protect the rights of diabetes patients.
We began with the vision to reduce the burden of disease across our country and region, and I feel with every passing year, our presence contributes to helping others significantly. We are united in our stance and the foundation of our vision lies in Education and Knowledge Sharing. The global fight against diabetes and endocrine diseases continues to strengthen because of the on-going collaboration of our communities, and I have the highest hopes and confidence that it will continue to do so.
However the goal of “Living in a World without Diabetes” is a long way off. We have many miles to go before we start making any significant difference. We as a Society are aggressive practitioners who believe that education at every level is the key.
We may not see all of the results in this generation, however, our vision is long term and we have the patience, the desire and the will, together with IDF and her affiliate societies and associations to make this a reality.
A decade back, people in our region were not aware of the prevalence and effects of diabetes. However, over the last decade due to continuous education, we have seen a significant spread of information about this disease across the region. The next goal is to ensure that the education is now acted upon and people start making life-style changes that will arrest the spread of type-2 diabetes in the region.
Easier said than done, however, we know that educating children will have a long and profound impact on our society. Our plan is simple and yet the impact will be exponential.
Over the next few years, EDS will continue to educate, advocate and monitor this action and we look forward to reporting changes in prevalence across our population soon.