Saturday, November 6, 2010

Congressional Briefing by Global Diabetes Initiative to US Congress - Expectations

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Following the discussion held at the UN summit on Millennium Development goals assessment, the world has began to retrace its steps to look inwards on neglected concerns. I recently did a write up on Millennium development goals and Diabetes, it was quite alarming at what the statistics are saying concerning the prevalence and incidence rate of diabetes, cancer amongst others.
On September 27th, 2010, Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University held a Congressional briefing in Washington D.C, focusing attention on the alarming Global diabetes epidemic.
It is no longer news that incidence of diabetes is increasing worldwide at a rate that exceeds most other diseases. The WHO estimates that by the year 2030, more than 366million people will be suffering from diabetes, a figure far higher than number of persons living with HIV/Aids. Unfortunately majority of this figure about 298million will live in developing Countries especially sub Saharan Africa.
This Congressional briefing is a welcome development and I strongly subscribe to publication of the outcome of such briefing for the consumption of other Legislatures and parliaments across the World.
Like the Words of Wisdom by Ban Ki Moon “Diabetes and other NCDs are public health emergency in slow motion”

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