Monthly Archives: October 2011

Health officials tackle Diabetic Foot

The Ministry of Health is pleased to partner with the Rotary Club of Dominica and the Dominica Diabetes Association in what is the first of a two year Training Programme under the theme “ Maintaining Healthy Feet Step by Step”.

Please click on the link to read a press article published in Dominica News Online on Oct 21, 2011:

Step-by-Step Diabetic Footcare Training Program


On Monday October 24, 2011 pairs of medical doctors and nurses will attend the first day of the Step-by-Step Diabetic Footcare Training.
This unique programme, with proven results in the Caribbean, is made possible by the financial support of various Rotary Clubs from the U.K., the USA and Dominica plus the Ministry of Health and the Diabetes Association.

The training in October is the first basic part of the program. Next year the participants will receive the advanced training.The programme will be facilitated by a team of international, regional and local professionals and is led by Dr. Vilma Urbančič, a diabetologist with extensive experience in delivering similar training and who is also an Associate Professor of medicine and head of the Diabetes Unit at the Department of Endocrinology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana in Slovenia.
Objective of the programme is to reduce the number of amputations by better foot care for diabetic patients.

On Monday October 24 a short opening ceremony will be held and persons related to and interested in diabetes in Dominica are kindly invited to the ceremony.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO THE RIGHT TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE containing the program of the ceremony and more details of the Step-by-Step program.

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Feedback from the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs

Dr. Tomo Kanda, Advisor on Chronic Diseases & Mental Health for the Pan American Health Organization PAHO, Office of Eastern Caribbean Countries has participated in the United Nations high-level meeting on Non-Communicalbe Diseases. Please click the read more button to read his report and to access the NCD Political Declarations UN 2011 and the report on the side events of this very important event. Continue reading

United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable disease prevention and control

Workd Health OrganizationNoncommunicable diseases – or NCDs – like heart attacks and strokes, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases account for over 63% of deaths in the world today. Every year, NCDs kill 9 million people under 60. The socio-economic impact is staggering. Global leaders will meet at the United Nations in New York from 19-20 September 2011 to set a new international agenda on NCDs.

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