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Posted On: 17 November 2014 05:50 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

World Diabetes Day highlights need for action and innovation as statistics show one in five are affected

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The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is highlighting the risk that diabetes poses to the region’s health and lifestyle on World Diabetes Day.

As a disease that is particularly prevalent in the Gulf region, the incidence of diabetes is as high as 12-18 per cent in the Middle East, with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman appearing in the top ten most affected countries, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

WISH wants to shine a light on this urgent and increasing health priority ahead of presenting exclusiveinsights at the second summit in February 2015. WISH is spearheaded by QF to inspire and diffuse healthcare innovation and best practice through a global network of high-level policymakers, academics and industry leaders. It remains closely aligned to the vision and mission of QF to unlock human potential and underscore Qatar’s pioneering role as an emerging center for healthcare innovation.

Professor Stephen Colagiuri, WISH’s Diabetes Forum Chair, will work with a leading team of experts from around the world to produce evidence-based research that can help guide policymakers and others responsible for the prevention and management of diabetes. Results, findings and recommendations from the Forum will be presented for discussion at the Summit.

Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College of London, said: “World Diabetes Day offers the chance to highlight to the countries of the Middle East that it is a looming global health crisis. The policy report that we will publish on diabetes in February will provide recommendations for policymakers to more effectively prevent diabetes in their countries, and to also ensure effective treatment for those with the illness. It is our hope that healthcare leaders from the region will adopt some of these recommendations for the benefit of their populations.”

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