The International Diabetes Federation Organizes the First African Diabetes Congress

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Cory Couillard and Over 500 leaders gather to determine the healthcare delivery of diabetes in the African region

Arusha, Tanzania – 25-28, July 2012

The First African Diabetes Congress is organized by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Africa Region, with anticipated participation by members of the Pan-African Diabetes Study Group (PADSG), Pan-African Diabetes Educators Group (PADEG), Pan-African Association for Foot Care (PAAFC) and all those working in the area of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The First African Diabetes Congress is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary forum with a stellar faculty of leaders in diabetes and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The Congress will bring together more than 500 key stakeholders and leaders to discuss ambitions, priorities and actions for change in diabetes and NCDs within the Africa Region.

The First African Diabetes Congress is regarded as a highly influential event that will raise attention to the health care delivery in diabetes and other NCDs in the Africa Region. The main focus will be on the prevention of complications and improved quality of life of people living with diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. This is an area of important research priority and fostered debate especially on the long-term implications for diabetes care and health policies.

The signature design of this congress includes state-of-the art review lectures and symposia by leading world experts followed by debates aimed to solving controversies and generating consensus. There will be up to 25 hours of continuing medical education with presentations from leading diabetes experts on cutting-edge clinical research in diabetes treatment and management.

The sessions will include the latest information on the management of diabetes and its complications, practical tips and proven strategies for improving patient care, and translation of the latest diabetes research into clinical practice.

Specific themes of the First African Diabetes Congress include:

  •     Diabetes foot care, eye complications, gestational diabetes, diabetes and co-morbidities (TB, HIV/AIDS, Depression), role of intrauterine growth in the development of diabetes and other NCDs
  •     Quality of care and access to essential medicines
  •     Strengthening health systems to cope with both acute and chronic diseases in poor resource settings
  •     Current approaches to diabetes research, education and management
  •     Latest research findings on interventional therapies for type 2 diabetes and their relevance to the diabetes epidemic in the Africa Region
  •     Impact of interventional therapies on cardiovascular risk in diabetic patients
  •     Public engagement activities to increase knowledge, create awareness and community action for diabetes
  •     Conventional paradigms versus novel ideas on the aetiology of diabetes and obesity: a forum for debate leading scientists in the field of diabetes
  •     Oral and poster presentations

Cory Couillard has bachelor’s degrees and doctorates in sports medicine and chiropractic. In 2011 he received a prestigious humanitarian award for his tireless work while living in Africa. He is an international healthcare speaker and columnist for numerous newspapers, magazines, websites and has been published in over 50 countries. He is frequently featured on radio and television health programmes.

The health advice that he provides is in collaboration with the World Health Organization Africa Region’s and the International Diabetes Federation’s goals of prevention, maintenance and natural treatment of disease. The advice is for educational purposes and does not necessarily reflect endorsement.

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