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Creating A Global Gestational Diabetes Model Approach To Care

On the left pregnant women are tested for GDM. On the right the IDF and MDRF staff collaborate on a project.

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   at AWS.Web.UI.WebControls.ImageDisplay.get_ImageUrl() An estimated 23 million women in India have diabetes, as many as half of those women are of reproductive age. There is an increase in diabetes, obesity and pregnancy at older ages with the prevalence of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) at 17% in some populations of India. Inconsistent diagnostic criteria and lack of awareness among health care providers make identifying and treating GDM challenging, leading to poor outcomes for mother and child. Abbott Fund provided a $2 million grant to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), an umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries, to conduct a 4-year pilot project in India. In joint collaboration between IDF and the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), an IDF Centre of Education, this project will define a model of care approach for women with GDM to establish guidelines for GDM management in developing countries. The project’s objective is to improve the awareness, care and monitoring of women with Gestational Diabetes in India, as well as reduce future risk of Type 2 diabetes and improve pregnancy outcomes for both mother and child. To address this disease, the IDF will take existing guidelines for care and treatment of GDM and implement a new model in India. Through this project, health care professionals are being trained in basic care that is necessary to diagnose and treat patients with GDM. This project will be the first to support the development of international best practice on identifying and managing GDM to a high standard of quality care in low-resource settings. The initial results will be presented at World Diabetes Congress in December 2013, in Melbourne. Final results will be disseminated at World Diabetes Congress 2015, in Vancouver and published in peer-reviewed journals.


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