The event brought together specialists, from around the world, who highlighted the strides that East Africa has made on diabetes. The two-day-long event was divided into a “Foot and Wound Symposium” and “Access to Care Symposium”. They happened on 5th November and 6th November 2021 respectively.
The event was held in line with the International Diabetes Federation’s 2021 theme – Access to Diabetes Care. The speakers acknowledged that diabetes is an expensive condition to manage. Moreover, it is vital that institutions avail care at all levels of an individual’s social standing.
Dr Toseef Din, CEO at the M.P. Shah Hospital, stated that the Hospital is now focusing on training and education programs to help patients learn how to look after themselves. “We have ensured laboratory and pharmacy services are available at our diabetes care centres as part of our vision to enhance awareness, prevention, and management of diabetes,” She added.
Over the years, the two hospitals have strived to improve the access to the Diabetes Care model and to serve patients at all levels. This has been made possible by the formation of the Lions Diabetes Care Centres at the main M.P. Shah Hospital, the Village Medical Clinic, Lions Sightfirst Eye Hospital, and the Dinshaw Byramjee Dispensary.
Arvinder Kalsi, the strategic consultant for Lions Diabetes Care centre, also noted that people with diabetes have a lack of healthcare coverage associated with poor glycaemic control. “We envisage that this symposium will help bring out synergies of how we can work in providing affordable access to diabetes care, in partnership with our speakers and sponsors of whom we are grateful for the support, year after year,” She said.