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South-South Cooperation to Improve Diabetes Care

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- (Marketwired) -- 05/21/14 -- China, Zimbabwe and Ecuador will have an exclusive opportunity to replicate and adapt a successful diabetic foot care project originally developed in Alexandria, Egypt. This pioneering partner approach to diabetes care is a first of its kind South-South cooperation for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). A South-South cooperation promotes the sharing of best practices in research and prevention between low and middle income countries.

With the support of the IDF BRIDGES programme, three centres in the selected countries, will benefit from the partnership:

-Qingdao Endocrine and Diabetes Hospital, Qingdao (China)

-Zimbabwe Diabetes Association, Harare (Zimbabwe)

-Ambulatory healthcare center "CAA Cotocollao"; Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, Quito (Ecuador)

Prior to the start of the intervention, local teams in these centres have been trained during workshops organized by Professor Samir Khalil, principal investigator of the original project in Egypt and IDF. These four day workshops strengthened the intervention and ensured the success of its implementation.

"We are building bridges between scientists and diabetes communities worldwide through a unique South-South cooperation" said Professor Linda Siminerio, Chair of the BRIDGES Executive Committee. "With over 80% of the people living with diabetes in low and middle income countries, the transfer of knowledge and expertise between these regions is key to tackle the diabetes epidemic and reduce complications".

"After successful results in Egypt, we are excited to share our foot care project with the rest of the world" stated Professor Samir Helmy Assaad Khalil. "In less than two years in Egypt, we managed to educate more than 2,700 professionals nationwide. Almost all universities now have a module on diabetes foot care included in their graduate and post graduate curriculum".

About the International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. www.idf.org

About IDF's BRIDGES programme

BRIDGES is a programme of the International Diabetes Federation supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes. BRIDGES is dedicated to translational research and is supporting 41 projects in 38 countries in primary and secondary prevention of diabetes. More information is available on www.idf.org/bridges

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