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MDRF launches third batch of PG course in diabetology

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AWARDED: David T. Hopper (centre), Consul General of the United States in Chennai, presents the MDRF - ADA Oration Award to Dr. Larry C. Deeb, president, American Diabetes Association. Dr. V. Mohan, President, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, is also seen. Photo: R. Ragu
AWARDED: David T. Hopper (centre), Consul General of the United States in Chennai, presents the MDRF - ADA Oration Award to Dr. Larry C. Deeb, president, American Diabetes Association. Dr. V. Mohan, President, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, is also seen. Photo: R. Ragu

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1,300 physicians are undergoing the three-day orientation 1,300 physicians are undergoing the three-day orientation

CHENNAI: The Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) on Friday launched the third batch of its postgraduate course in diabetology, in association with the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

An estimated 1,300 physicians are undergoing the three-day orientation to get updated on diabetes management protocols. In addition to a six-member international faculty, around 40 senior diabetologists across India are providing the training for the participants, who include general practitioners and specialists.

The PG training in diabetology was conceived to scale up the availability of professionals dealing with diabetes, which is projected to afflict around 80 million Indians by 2030. The curriculum includes progression of type 2 diabetes in childhood, diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes, and disease prevention.

The occasion was also marked by the presentation of the MDRF-ADA Oration Award to ADA president Larry C. Deeb. Presenting the award, David T. Hopper, Consul General, American Consulate, Chennai, said that the US Government's concern for healthcare around the world, including India, was expressed by the support it gives in various forms. India is among the beneficiaries of the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief, which brought around US $30 million to the fight against HIV/AIDS in India.

Mr. Hopper pointed out that recently the US Ambassador to India, David Mulford, had signed a joint agreement with the World Health Organisation to provide Rs.19 crore for tuberculosis control in India.

According to the Consul General, the official aid for healthcare was equalled or exceeded by the efforts of various foundations, non-governmental organisations and citizens in the U.S. He also noted that the Indian-American community members were prominent in providing help. Dr. Deeb said diabetes was undoubtedly the world's next great epidemic. The actual proportions of the disorder outstripped projections, the ADA president added.

Earlier, inaugurating the programme, P. Vijayalakshmi, Director of Medical Education, said that non-communicable diseases had overtaken communicable disorders, and that it was important for doctors to be aware of the threat from diabetes, hypertension and cardiac problems. The Government's understanding and response to the emergence of a lifestyle disease such as diabetes was reflected in the establishment of diabetes clinics at all medical colleges and district headquarter hospitals. A Government-run diploma programme in diabetology had also been launched in Chennai, she added.

A memento was presented to Gundhu Rao of the University of Minnesota, the U.S., who co-authored a book on diabetes.

Richard Kahn, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, ADA; M. Rema, MDRF Managing Director; M. Balasubramanyam, senior scientist; and Ranjit Unnikrishnan, diabetologist; participated in the programme.

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