Major Milestone Reached for Type 1 Diabetes care in South-East Asia
The first meeting for clinicians focused on Type 1 Diabetes care in SE Asia has been held at Siriraj Hospital in collaboration with Action4Diabetics (A4D). Over 30 experts from across the region came together in Bangkok for the largest ever event of its kind to share their experience of supporting young people with Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes care partnership
The prestigious, and newly opened, Siriraj Diabetes Centre of Excellence played host to the event, with health care professionals traveling from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam and from across Thailand to attend.
It was fantastic to hear Associate Prof. Visit Vamvanit, the Director of Siriraj Hospital, noting on the partnership between A4D and the Hospital as being a driving force behind the improvement of Type 1 Diabetes care in SE Asia. Forging partnerships is one of A4D’s key principles, and together we are helping to develop key areas of Type 1 Diabetes care. This includes training for healthcare professionals, patient education and T1D networking.
Sharing Type 1 Diabetes knowledge
Those who attended had the opportunity to hear experts from the Pediatric Division of Endocrine Department, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, discuss not only the latest treatment options but also the practical ways of managing this complex condition in under-resourced conditions.
Participants also learned about the importance of carb counting, management of critical situations (e.g. diabetic ketoacidosis) and psychosocial issues related to T1D through case studies and interactive discussions. The meeting also provided an excellent platform for professional networking among the participants that will eventually bring benefits for the Type 1 Diabetes care and support in this region.
Looking to the future
The meeting was concluded by Prof. Emeritus Chanika Tuchinda, who said that this initiative supports her dream of providing world-class care for children and young people living with chronic conditions in SE Asia. Like her, we believe that through a holistic approach, that stretches from multidisciplinary healthcare teams to frontline family support, we can achieve this.
All the participants left the meeting delighted, having made new friends, learned some new ideas from peers and experts and actionable plans to take T1D care in their home hospital to the next level.
A Big Thank You!
A massive thank you to the team from Siriraj Hospital (Assoc. Prof. Supawadee Likitmaskul, Prof. Pairunyar Nakavachara, Prof. Emeritus Wannee Nitiyanant, Assoc. Prof. Jeerunda Santiprabhob, Dr. Supitcha Patjamontri, Dr. Ornsuda Lertbannaphong, Dr. Lukana Preechasuk, Endocrinologist, Ms. Sriwan Thongpaeng and Ms. Preeyarat Sorncharoen) and all the participants for making this meeting possible. We look forward to working with all of you to save and transform the lives of young people with T1D in this region.
January 15, 2019 – BANGKOK