The Emirates Diabetes Society has, over the years, kept alive the awareness and educational campaigns among patients, public, and healthcare providers through various activities which include:
The Society celebrates World Diabetes Day every year with great reverie ceremony. Awareness campaigns are held all over the emirates with free health check-ups, free consultations with physicians and diabetes educators and distribution of educational resources. One of the major landmarks of the UAE, The Burj Al Arab, is adorned in blue light to highlight the celebration of World Diabetes Day. Walkathons are also organized in the different emirates to spread the message "Beat Diabetes".
EDS has a diabetes clinic on wheels, aptly named “Win Over Diabetes” – a fully equipped clinic which travels all over the UAE with a team of 3 doctors, 3 nurses, and 1 diabetes educator that focusses primarily in the rural areas. It is staffed by members of the EDS and associated nurses. The aim is to enhance the overall care of diabetes throughout the country by screening patients for complications of the diseaseand offer better treatment for the prevention of the life-threatening complications. An overall health screen is also done which includes a full Fundus examination using a Fundus Camera and parameters like height, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and BMI are also estimated. Anyone who is screened with diabetes or a pre-diabetes condition is counseled on control and management of the disease. While visiting local primary healthcare centers, the team educates the local GPs on the most up-to-date methods of diagnosing, treating and managing diabetes so that once the bus leaves, the knowledge is in place to ensure that the best care continues.
Community Nursing Educators Program and Certification: With the realization that small investments in prevention, awareness, and care can go a long way in improving the quality of life for diabetes patients and bring about dramatic reductions in healthcare costs.
EDS organized courses to develop Certified Diabetes Nurse Educators who can support physicians by taking up the role of educators more effectively. EDS successfully ran 3 courses creating more than 100 nurse educators located in the various health facilities across the country.
The Emirates Diabetes Congress was founded with the intention of educating the community of physicians and care givers about the latest advances in the field of diabetes. The congress is a CME-accredited event which attracts the best of speakers and experts from all over the world and the region who are experts in their respective field.
The 2014 Emirates Diabetes & Endocrine Congress (the 4th congress) was held from 20th – 22nd February 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Conference and Convention Centre, Dubai, UAE.