Siem Reap November 18, 2018 – Sanofi Cambodia, in collaboration with the Cambodian Diabetes Association (CDA), organised the World Diabetes Day under the theme, “The Family and Diabetes”, at Banteay Srey Restaurant, Siem Reap on November 18, 2018, with around 600 healthcare professionals and participants.
This global advocacy, which takes place every November 14, aims to raise awareness on the impact diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected. It mainly focuses on promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes. In this year’s observance of the World Diabetes Day, Sanofi Cambodia and CDA held parades and posted banners bearing key educational messages about the non-transmittable disease.
Ms Dao Thu Nga, Head of Sanofi Cambodia Operations, said “Families have a key role to play in addressing the modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes and must be provided with the education, resources and environments to live a healthy lifestyle”. She added that family support in diabetes care is proven to have substantial effects in improving health outcomes for people with diabetes.
The World Health Organisation has estimated that in 2030, diabetes will become the 7th cause of world deaths. Currently, about 425 million people are suffering from the disease.
Cambodia’s recorded rate of diabetes is lower than its Southeast Asian neighbours, but the prevalence of the disease among those aged between 20 and 30 is higher in Cambodia than it is in the Western Pacific region and the rest of the world, according to the International Diabetes Federation – Western Pacific.
In 2015, there were 230,800 cases of diabetes in Cambodia. Based on a survey by the Ministry of Health in 2010, 2.3 percent of the population in rural areas and 5.6 percent in urban areas have diabetes.
Professor Dr. Lim Keuky, the President of the Cambodian Diabetes Association (CDA) said “In average per month, there are around 4000 of diabetes patients who come to receive the treatment at the Camb o d i an Diabetes Association Siem Reap branch and mobile clinic. Among them, approximately 1000 diabetes patients come to receive the treatment regularly while the other half come occasionally.”
With the annual observance of World Diabetes Day and Sanofi Cambodia’s own initiative, “Cambodia Education Programme on Diabetes (CEPD)”, it is hoped that Cambodian’s knowledge and understanding on diabetes will further expand and deepen.