UAE Pakistani Community Rallies Against Diabetes Epidemic – Disease Awareness to Sustain Better Health for a Brighter Future.
On Friday, May 27th, The Diabetes Centre, Inc. (TDC), a not-for-profit social enterprise in Pakistan, advancing awareness, education, and medical care for diabetes in Pakistan, held its Diabetes Awareness Gala Dinner for the Pakistani community in the UAE. The event was held in the auditorium of Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD).
Presentations were made by Dr. Asjad Hameed (eminent Diabetologist and TDC Chairman) and other members of TDC team to highlight the epidemic of Diabetes in Pakistan and how TDC is making a concerted effort to deal with it. One in ten Pakistanis suffers from Diabetes. The disease has become an epidemic due to lack of awareness of diabetes in terms of its causes and consequences, inability of most diabetics to afford the treatment, and lack of healthcare system capacity to provide care to the millions suffering from Diabetes. TDC has taken on these challenges of awareness, affordability, and capacity by promoting diabetes awareness and education, making treatment affordable, and adding to the capacity in the health care system for diabetes management through education.
More than 300 people attended the event. Mr. Mohammad Salman Iqbal, Founder and President of ARY, was the Chief Guest. TDC Board Members, Mr. Ehtesham Uddin, Mr. Mahmood Moosa, and Mr. Dabeer Rasool addressed the audience. They highlighted the ongoing activities to improve awareness of the risk factors, symptoms, and complications of diabetes. The tremendous work of Diabetes Clinic in Islamabad, Pakistan, was also presented. The Clinic is an interim project of TDC while the main hospital is under construction. It provides patients all necessary medical, laboratory and pharmacy services under one roof. More than 23,000 patients have been treated at the clinic since its opening in February 2014. Mr. Dabeer Rasool, presented the achievements of TDC in building its multi-disciplinary, first of its kind Diabetes hospital in Pakistan. Under construction, the centre project is estimated to cost rupees 750 million, and will be a state-of-the-art facility for diabetes treatment, training, research and public health.
Mr. Salman Iqbal, Founder and President of ARY assured full support of his organization to TDC to achieve its objectives. To much acclaim and appreciation, he also announced to cover the cost of IT systems and establishing a kidney center at TDC. It is estimated that 80,000 Pakistanis develop kidney failure due to Diabetes every year.
The event organizers extended their felicitation and heartfelt gratitude to the UAE government and UAE Red Crescent for their support. They also thanked the dynamic community of supporters and philanthropists in the UAE. They expressed hope that the health and wellness of people everywhere will improve with increase in Diabetes awareness.