Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI), a leading diabetes research institute established by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, recently held a specialized three-day course on the topic of ‘Prevention and Management of Diabetic-Foot Complications’.

This program, which was held at DDI and attended by healthcare professionals in Kuwait, allowed attendees to learn how to assess and treat foot complications in people with diabetes, using evidence-based assessment and treatment methods, aimed at reducing diabetic foot ulceration and consequent amputations. This program was organized and delivered by the Chief Podiatrist at DDI Kay Scarsbrook Khan, and by Consultant Neurologist from DDI Dr. Abdullah Al Ajmi.

Foot problems are a major cause of morbidity in people with diabetes. The countries of the MENA region have among the highest rates of diabetes prevalence in the world. It was estimated in 2019 that there were approximately 54.8 million adults living with diabetes in the MENA region; this is expected to increase to more than double by 2045.

Despite the high prevalence of diabetes in the MENA region, many of the countries in the area lack adequate foot care provision, foot screening and self-care education programs.

The course provided participants with the knowledge and skills to assess the foot in people with diabetes, screen and categorise an individual’s risk of foot ulceration, and provide appropriate education advocating self-care and ulcer prevention. It also aimed to increase knowledge and skills in the assessment and treatment of common foot problems and diabetic foot complications, in line with current international guidelines.

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