The aim of RSSDI is to conduct and facilitate diabetes research in India, which has a direct bearing on diabetes clinical practice and the prevention and management of the condition.
Since 2003, RSSDI has supported the creation of state-level chapters to stimulate society activities at the local level. These activities include CME programmes for local physicians, diabetes research activities for interested researchers and awareness programmes for people with diabetes.
Since 2009, RSSDI has been involved in accrediting centers interested in running a certificate course in diabetology if they fulfill the required criteria. 22 institutions have been accredited to date.
RSSDI organises initiatives, also in collaboration with State Governments, to create awareness around diabetes and the prevention of type 2 diabetes through healthy habits. In 2021, RSSDI launched the Defeat Diabetes Campaign with the objective of reaching 100 million people in 100 days with the message “Test, Track and Treat.” The campaign was a resounding success and RSSDI was awarded the Asia Book Of Records Certificate for having screened over 106 million people across more than 10 thousand locations throughout India.
In 2020 and 2021, RSSDI conducted digital workshops for teams of doctors from each Indian state to improve and standardize type 1 diabetes care in the country and raise awareness of diabetes technology. The doctors subsequently train district coordinators who are responsible for final implementation of the guidelines.
RSSDI has launched a Learning Management Platform featuring high quality courses delivered by key opinion leaders for the benefit of doctors and other diabetes professionals in India.
RSSDI provides research grants, welcoming proposals from Indian scientists interested in conducting original research in diabetes. Limited grants for smaller projects are also available for medical college students.
The RSSDI Journal - International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries (IJDDC) - targets clinicians, researchers, paramedical personnel, nutritionists and healthcare personnel working in diabetes.
The RSSDI Text book of Diabetes Mellitus, published in 2005, gives an Indian perspective to diabetes with a wealth of data drawn from local experience that is useful for primary physicians in the country.
RSSDI is active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with content that raises awareness of the society’s activities and provides regular updates on diabetes for healthcare professionals and the general public. A Facebook live event is organized each week featuring key opinion leaders.
RSSDI has published several advisory guidelines related to COVID-19. These include:
Guidance for Healthcare Professionals on COVID-19
Advice For People With Diabetes on COVID-19
Ramadan Advisory on COVID-19
Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for Post-Lockdown Scenario
Message from the RSSDI President, Dr Ch Vasanth Kumar
The Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) would like to strengthen IDF efforts to spread awareness on the prevention and management of diabetes in India and all developing countries. RSSDI, in collaboration with IDF, is ready to take up the training of healthcare professionals to prevent and manage diabetes at the primary care level. We would also like to promote basic clinical research that can help people living with diabetes in developing countries.