Monday, August 22, 2011

The St Vincent Declaration

Representatives of government health departments and patients’ organisations from all European countries met with diabetes experts under the aegis of WHO Regional Offices for Europe and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), European region, in St Vincent, Italy on 10–12 October 1989. They unanimously agreed on the following recommendations and urged for their implementation in all countries throughout Europe.
“Diabetes mellitus is a major and growing European health problem, a problem at all ages and in all countries. It causes prolonged ill-health and early death. It currently threatens at least ten million European citizens.
It is within the power of national governments and health departments to create conditions in which a major reduction in this heavy burden of disease and death can be achieved. Countries should give formal recognition to the diabetes problem and deploy resources for its solution. Plans for the prevention, identification and treatment of diabetes and particularly its complications – blindness, renal failure, gangrene and amputation, aggravated heart disease and stroke – should be formulated at local, national and European regional levels. Investment now will earn great dividends in reduction of human misery and in massive savings of human and material resources

It was also one of the major concerns of st vincent Declaration that Diabetic Mom's should have same pregnancy outcome as others.

Recently I have found a sudden increase in number of patients and who need Insulin for blood sugar control during Pregnancy.With the combined effort of our Diabetologist and their team,it is heartning to see that these ladies have the same outcome as a non diabetic mom. 

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