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Today’s guest post is by Arantxa Mugica, European Communications and Digital Public Affairs Manager at Lilly and 2017 Connecting Hearts Abroad Ambassador.
There are almost 200 million women living with diabetes around the world. Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, and approximately half of all women with a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) develop type 2 diabetes within five to ten years after delivery[i].
Pregnancy and diabetes clearly require greater consideration. Even more so in low and middle-income countries where access to maternal care is often limited.
I experienced this first hand when I visited Mexico City last summer as part of my assignment for Lilly’s Connecting Hearts Abroad Program. I had the chance to work with an array of Lilly colleagues as well as excellent healthcare professionals in Mexico to contribute to the NCD partnership between Lilly and the Carlos Slim Foundation on GDM.
Our mission was to provide the NCD partnerships with a series of recommendations to improve the management and monitoring of gestational diabetes in Mexico. To do this, we designed and implemented a survey, with the support of the reference centers CIMIGEN and INPer centers, to understand the knowledge, attitudes and practices required to manage GDM from both the patient and health practitioner’s side. Our key findings included:
Our recommendations focused on simple, low cost but effective actions:
The small details make the difference. These recommendations, although simple, were very well received and already put in practice in some cases.
This year, the International Diabetes Federation’s theme for World Diabetes Day is Women and Diabetes and I am proud and excited to have contributed to a program that helps bridge the gap and move us towards more affordable and equitable access to care and education for women with diabetes.
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