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Collaborating with the Dominican Network for Dignity in Old Age, ILC Dominican Republic (ILC DR) organized a seminar on diabetes on the older adult on April7, World Health Day. In addition to Dr. Rosy Pereyra, President of IL DR, seminar participants included President of the Latin American Society of Diabetes, the Director of the State Program of Essential Drugs, and the Director of the Department of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the Ministry of Health.

Taking into account that the Dominican Republic  has-a prevalence of diabetes of 10.4%, that last year we had 505,700 cases of  the disease and with a death rate of 25.25 per 100,000, ranking 92 in the world, ILC-DR and the Dominican Network for Dignity in Old Age found in the call from WHO to dedicate World Health Day to call attention to this health problem, an opportunity to let people know that this is one of the very common non communicable diseases that if not properly diagnosed and treated puts a great burden on the health system and the family and produces incapacity and early death. For all those reasons, we decided to organize a seminar that counted with the sponsorship of Help Age International under its ADA Campaign.

The seminar attracted more than 100 people including professionals in the field of aging, health care and government and general population. Scanning for early detection of diabetes and polyneuropathy was provided to people attending the meeting.

This year WHO declared Diabetes as the health problem to bring to attention to the health systems of the world and the general population. See the first WHO Global report on diabetes here: http://www.who.int/diabetes/en/" target="_blank">http://www.who.int/diabetes/en/

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