As many of you know, today is World Diabetes Day. What you may not know is that there are still tens of thousands of healthcare workers who are in need of further clinical training when it comes to diabetes. With diabetes emerging as one of the greatest non-communicable diseases the world faces, the global health workforce has to simultaneously strengthen to tackle it.
This strengthening comes from training and improving collaborative, integrated care around diabetes management. This is why we, on this day, are proud to announce that we have trained participants from over 32 countries in diabetes management and care.
By using innovative learning techniques that embrace technology, collaboration, patient input and interprofessional care, doctors through to nurses and pharmacists are now receiving the highest quality in diabetes education. This quality comes not only from the instructional design and technology but also from successful partnerships with ministries, health training bodies and universities such as the University of Warwick.
“With diabetes accounting for 10% of global health budgets and rapidly rising numbers of new patients being cared for in the community by family doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dieticians there is a massive demand for education. We are proud to work with the University of Warwick and a passionate global faculty who have provided postgraduate qualification to doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dieticians across 32 countries to deliver better care to their patients. Following the completion of the programme, several have been appointed to national diabetes strategy committees, while others are involved in managing specialist clinics and teaching others.” Dr Tom O’Callaghan, CEO iheed.
As a team of health experts, technologists and educational designers we are extremely proud to have reached so many health workers. However, on this day it must be noted that diabetes is a huge global health threat and education only forms part of the response. Policy, improved access to health care, affordable medications and patient education are also essential and on this day we and others call for more action focusing on these elements and diabetes education for all.