World Diabetes Day 2012

November 14 is World Diabetes Day

The World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign marks the fourth year of the five-year focus on “Diabetes education and prevention.”

Click on the image for a short educative cartoon and much more information.

World Diabetes Day 2012

Food for Thoughts

A few articles that are worth reading

Lots and lots of information on diabetes, prevention, nutrition etc etc is published on the Internet every day.
DOMDA, the Dominica Diabetes Association looks for you at many of the articles and here are a few that we hand-picked for you.
Really good reading.

WARNING: we want to present you the content of these articles. Be aware that on-line advertising is done on these websites.
DOMDA cannot guarantee the quality of the information or products presented in those advertisements.

Medical Xpress presents you a study for women with gestational diabetes. It shows reduced risk of type 2 diabetes solely through dietary modification.

Click Here or on the image on the left.


This article in Food Consumer gives you information about how Vitamin K1 can be linked to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Click Here or on the image on the left.


And here is another one from Medical Xpress. This Study links diabetic foot ulcers to higher risk of death, heart attack and stroke.

Click Here or on the image on the left.

25 Health Practitioners educated

25 health practitioners educated on self management tools of diabetes

Workshop Health PractionersDaVibesm, the Caribbean’s news portal, published on Sept 6th an article about a workshop organized by the Dominica Diabetes Association DOMDA.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

A Major Win for the NCD Alliance

A Major Win at the World Health Assembly
25 May, 2012

Dear Members of the NCD Alliance Network,

We did it.

One week ago, there seemed little hope of convincing the world’s governments to agree to reducing preventable deaths from NCDs by 25% by the year 2025.  Many said we would have to wait until next year. Some countries told us it was too hard to get agreement on such a concrete goal from all 193 UN Member States.

Thanks to the initiative of Jamaica and Samoa, and to the leadership of the United States, Barbados, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Norway, Russian Federation, Thailand and Switzerland, Member States gave hope to millions of people living with NCDs on Thursday evening by adopting the “25 by 25” target at the 65th World Health Assembly, with the remaining targets to be agreed at a formal Member State consultation before the end of October. We expect the full resolution to be formally adopted on Saturday morning at the Assembly.

This success is the outcome of months of work, starting last year with our call for this goal to be included in the UN Summit commitments, and maintaining the pressure through the subsequent rounds of consultation on the targets. Your efforts in the lead up to the WHA helped make the way for this decision, and the undaunted efforts of the NCD advocates in Geneva this week to keep pushing right to the last moment played a critical part.

Read the full details of this week’s success in press release we issued today here.  For the full resolution, click here.

The key decisions are:

  • to adopt a global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by 2025;
  • express strong support for additional work aimed at reaching consensus on targets relating to the four main risk factors, namely tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity;
  • note wide support expressed by Member States and other stakeholders around global voluntary targets considered so far including those relating to raised blood pressure, tobacco, salt/sodium and physical inactivity;
  • note support from among Member States and other stakeholders for the development of targets relating to obesity, fat intake, alcohol, cholesterol and health system responses such as availability of essential medicines for noncommunicable diseases;

We’ll be sending more feedback from WHA early next week, but for now, let’s celebrate this great victory and the knowledge that our collective effort has set the foundation for renewed national and global action to reduce preventable NCD deaths and save millions of lives.

With many thanks,

The NCD Alliance

7th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes

7th World Congress

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to update you with important information about the 7th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications that will be held in Madrid in November 11-14, 2012.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts submission is open. You will be able to send your abstract through the new website of the WCPD 2012 (

We encourage you to participate with your posters and oral communications as they are key to show, the great quantity and quality of projects that are being developed Worldwide within prevention of diabetes and its complications, to the scientific community.

Deadline for abstracts submission concludes next May 31st.

Preliminary Programme

The Scientific Committee is willing to offer an outstanding programme. Trying to attract best experts and cover the most relevant topics on prevention of diabetes and its complications is our aim.

The programme will be regularly updated in

On-line registration and accommodation forms

Registration system has already been implemented. You can benefit from early registration fees until July 15th.

If you also want to guarantee your accommodation at the congress venue, make your room reservation now. Please take into account that first-come will be first-served.

New WCPD 2012 website

A new website with lot of new information and features has been developed. We expect that you find it useful.

Should you miss some information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

Jaakko Tuomilehto and Rafael Gabriel

Co-Presidents of the WCPD 2012

Sagicor, Rotary Club and DOMDA host public lecture

Foot Care

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Sagicor, Rotary Club and DOMDA host public lecture

The online news service Dominica Vibes (DaVibes) has published a short article on the public lecture that was hosted by Sagicor, Rotary Club of Dominica and Dominica Diabetes Association on Thursday March 1.
The lecture was delivered by Ms. Anna Evans, a research podiatrist of the Ipswich Hospital in the UK.


Wear soft, closed shoes

Diabetic patients advised to wear soft, closed shoes

Soft, closed shoesDominica’s national epidemiologist Dr. Paul Ricketts advises diabetic patients to ensure that they wear proper foot gear which is soft, closed shoes at all times.

Patients have to take care of their feet to avoid some of the trauma that goes on and which could ultimately lead to amputations.

CLICK HERE and read the full article as published in Dominica Vibes on Feb 14, 2012.
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