Phnom Penh – Sanofi Cambodia organised a training on diabetes management in Advanced Part I under its three-year Cambodia Education Programme on Diabetes (CEP-D). Now in its year two, around 200 healthcare professionals gathered at Phnom Penh Hotel on 16 February 2019. It is a significant move followed by its remarkable success in year one on basic level.
Dr. Lim Huy, head of medical affair and representative of Sanofi Cambodia said, “We are very satisfied that our programme is running smoothly, drawing a lot of attention and support from medical community as well as students. We have equipped and reinforced them with latest medical science information and knowledge.”
He added that throughout last year, the nationwide programme organised eight key topics on diabetes management in basic level with approximately 500 healthcare professionals from private and public hospitals and clinics and around 180 students from University of Health Sciences (UHS). The programme also included the World Diabetes Day campaign in that raised awareness and promoted better care and management of diabetes as serious public health issue. He also emphasised that the success of the campaign would not come without strong support from Sanofi Cambodia’s stakeholders.
Professor Dr Koy Vanny, president of Cambodia Society of Diabetology and Endocrinology (CSDE) said, “We selected around 200 healthcare professionals who are treating diabetes patients to join the Advanced Level in which the courses mainly focused on diabetes treatment, how to treat diabetic patients from normal to serious conditions”. He also added that trainees would learn more how the advanced medical treatment could help diabetic patients.
Cambodia’s recorded rate of diabetes is lower than that of its Southeast Asian neighbors, 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. The International Diabetes Federation revealed that there are 230,800 cases of diabetes in Cambodia in 2015. It is expected to rise by 40% approximately by 2040.
The CEP-D project has acquired a budget of nearly USD 500,000, co-financed by Sanofi Cambodia and KFW DEG to train approximately 1,180 doctors and 500 students on the proper management of diabetes. The project is also seen to raise awareness not only among diabetic patients, but also the Cambodian population at large.