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.

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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.


World Diabetes Congress – Post Congress Newsletter

From 4 to 8 December 2011 the International Diabetes Federation IDF organized the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai.

2 Board members of the Dominica Diabetes Association were present and if you would like to hear all the details, then please contact DOMDA. For your general information you can find here the post congress newsletter that IDF has released recently.

Here are some of the topics you will find in this newsletter:

  • World Diabetes Congress 2011 Statistics in brief
  • CME certificates
  • Session Webcasts
  • World Diabetes Congress 2013 in Melbourne: Online call for topics
  • Raffle Draw Results
  • Photo Gallery of the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai


World Diabetes Congress - Post Congress Newsletter

Nov 7, World Diabetes Day Event in Roseau



In observance of World Diabetes Day 2011 the Dominica Diabetes Association presents a public lecture at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday 7th November at 7pm.

Topic of the lecture is “Self Management of Diabetes, a difficult balance“.

Presenter will be Mrs Edris Le Blanc-Sahlu, a Care Coordinator, Heart Failure and Diabetes Educator at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Georgia, USA.  She is a certified Instructor in the fields of Basic Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

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Goodbye Dominica from Dr. Vilam Urbancic

Dr. Vilma Urbancic, Lead Faculty Step-by-Step Project—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Vilma Urbancic
To: marvlyn
Sent: Tuesday, 1 November 2011, 17:59
Subject: Good-bye, Dominica, see you next year

Dear Marvlyn

I hope you have enjoyed some rest after all the work you have done for the Step by Step. I arrived home safely – it was a long trip and I had plenty of time to »organize« my thoughts.

I am speaking also on behalf of Simone, Neil and John: we are delighted with what you yourself and all the other people from the island have done. We were impressed by the attitude of the Ministry of health and by the strong determination of the minister to implement this project. It was a real pleasure to work with the participants who were really motivated, with the members of the Diabetes association and with your patients who agreed to participate in the practical sessions. We loved the friendly, cozy atmosphere of the evergreen hotel and the rainbow on the morning sky after heavy rain, we were touched by the warm welcome and the hospitality of the Rotarians, and last – but far from least, hiking to and seeing the biggest boiling lake in the world – the Boiling lake of Dominica – was for Neil and me something we shall remember for the rest of our life.

We would like to thank you all and we hope to see you again next year for the advanced course.

Warm regards


Vilma Urbančič, MD, PhD, Assoc prof of medicine
University Medical Centre
Dept of Endocrinology
Zaloška 7
SI-1000 Ljubljana

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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