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The Pulse of the Philippine Diabetes Association (PDA) began to throb thirty six years ago, in the early part of July 1958. This was about the time when a group of internists and devoted physicians committed to the care, protection and recuperation of the diabetic patient banded together. It was the aim of this group to unify all interests and entities in the Philippines concerned about diabetes mellitus into a single association. Thus, today, PDA stands as the umbrella organization of all associations involved in the care of the diabetic patient.
On February 22, 1962, the Association was incorporated. Among the purposes for which the PDA was founded were to foster and support studies and researches on the prevention and care of diabetes mellitus, including cooperation with the government agencies to this effect; to collect, analyze, interpret, interchange and disseminate information about the disease in accordance with the latest findings, and to this end, to affiliate or establish relations with other diabetes institutions in other countries; and finally also to promote understanding of the individuals diabetics to lead normal and useful lives and conduct a Diabetes Detection Drive to find undiscovered diabetics.
- To generate public awareness and help towards early detection of the disease.
- To help support studies and foster research on the prevention and care of diabetes mellitus; to promote awareness and understanding so people with diabetes may lead normal and productive lives.
- To improve diabetes care, education and research to prevent the onset of the disease in high risk individuals and the complications in those already afflicted by it. To improve quality of life for Filipinos with diabetes.
- To act as the umbrella organization of all associations involved in the care for people with diabetes.
World Diabetes Day:
Each year World Diabetes Day is thematically linked to a specific aspect related to diabetes. Themes in the past have focused on diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyles, and the costs of diabetes. Since 2001 particular attention has been paid to diabetes complications affecting the heart, the eyes, kidneys and the foot. Although, the Philippines has its own Diabetes Awareness Week celebration; in keeping with the IDF, The Diabetes Philippines celebrates World Diabetes Day each year. It is celebrated simultaneously in nationwide events through Diabetes Philippines Chapters.
Annual Convention aimed to update scientific community on new aspects and trends on the management and treatment of diabetes. The annual convention becomes a venue for the exchange of ideas and the echo of new developments in the field, with research becoming an important innovation, as recipients of Diabetes Philippines research grants present their studies at the event.
Course on Diabetes and Vascular Disease the main objective of the course is to update the community on significant and recent research on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which hopefully will inspire the exploration of new treatment options and prevention in managing this dreaded complication.
DiabetesWorkshop is a postgraduate or refresher course for province-based general practitioners and internists. Through informative sessions, group discussions, workshops and case presentations, the workshops aim to upgrade doctor’s expertise in the management of diabetes, and tackle all aspects of the disease, from its pathogenesis and management, to dealing with acute and chronic complications
Diabetes Forums is a day of intensive course of lectures on different aspects of diabetes mellitus to equip the allied health professionals (nurses and dietitians) with the necessary tools to treat and manage diabetes mellitus.
Lay Annual Conventions/Gimik Diabetes – this provides a venue for people with diabetes and their families to learn more about diabetes and interact with other people with diabetes.
Conducted regularly by the out-patient clinics sponsored by Diabetes Philippines Chapters all over the Philippines.
Message from the President
Dr. Richard Elwyn V. Fernando "As a member of IDF, we are committed to improve the lives of people with diabetes in the Philippines. We take our roles seriously and find ways to help health care professionals manage their patients with diabetes and their families."
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