Back 19 April 2016

World Health Day 2016: Diabetes and RMNCAH

World Health Day

Diabetes and RMNCAH in Africa - Overview Statement

This year’s World Health Day theme is diabetes, a non-communicable disease which is mostly preventable and treatable, but one which is growing rapidly in low-middle income countries.The aim of this year’s annual awareness day on health is to increase cognisance about the rise of the illness and its debilitating effects on developing economies.The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, in partnership with ICM, Save the Children and the UN Foundation, will be using this platform as an opportunity to shed light on the life threatening impact of diabetes on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH).

We will be publishing a series of articles exploring the reasons behind the worrying rise in cases of diabetes, the devastating impact of the disease on women and children, and most importantly, the policy initiatives necessary to tackle the fast-paced spread of diabetes in developing countries.

We hope this series will kickstart a new level of awareness about the crippling effects and dangers that non-communicable diseases like diabetes have on RMNCAH in low- middle income countries. As with the Zika virus and Ebola, this is largely due to poor health infrastructure and socio-economic factors.

Yet diabetes is both preventable and manageable.Through a combination of interdisciplinary research, which will enable nations to adopt policies such as screening for pregnant women and healthcare partnerships, alongside initiatives like ICM’s Midwifery Services Framework MSF for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Services, and the WBFA’s personal health records, there is no shortage of hope nor will to find a way forward.

To read the series of articles, click on the links below

1. Diabetes and RMNCAH in Africa: R for Reproductive Health Managing diabtes and reproductive health in developing context  by H.E Toyin Saraki, ICM Goodwill Ambassador and Founder - President, Wellbeing Foundation 

ICM Goodwill ambassador H.E Toyin Sarakiin a symbolic blood pressure check of some patients at the launch of the PHR in Ilorin

2. Diabetes and RMNCAH in Africa: M for Maternal Health Diabetes in Pregnancy and the Role of Midwives by Frances Ganges, Chief Executive, International Confederation of Midwives 

3. Diabetes and RMNCAH in Africa: N for Newborn Health by Mary Kinney, Senior Specialist for Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children 

4. Diabetes and RMNCAH in Africa: A for Adolescent Health  by H.E Toyin Saraki, ICM Goodwill Ambassador and Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation 

5. Diabetes and RMNCAH in Africa: H for Health Preventing the Next Global Health Epidemic  by H.E Toyin Saraki, ICM Goodwill Ambassador and Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation 

On behalf of all the writers of the Diabetes and RMNCAH in Africa articles, I hope these articles will shade a light on Diabetes issues and RMNCAH - Toyin Saraki, Goodwill Ambassador. ICM Founder-President,Wellbeing Foundation 


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