First peer-reviewed A4D research published in International Diabetes Federation journal
The Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice journal published our peer reviewed paper lead- authored by Professor May Ng, A4D’s voluntary Chief Medical Advisor in collaboration with co authors in South-East Asia.
This groundbreaking research emphasizes on closing the Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) gap in South-East Asia through government partnerships working with non-government organizations.
A/ Prof May Ng, A4D voluntary Chief Medical Advisor says “This is the first publication that describes the Type 1 Diabetes outcomes in 5 low-middle-income countries (LMICs)- Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region.
It is wonderful to see the collaboration working between A4D and the healthcare professionals across countries in SEA to share best practices and improve T1D quality of care in the region”
Between 2020 and 2021, 383 children and young people with T1D who were active in the A4D supported programmes were reviewed including information on health coverage, multidisciplinary team management, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) on admission and insulin regimen.
In many LMICs, insufficient infrastructure, lack of universal health coverage and gaps in professional knowledge are factors that affect T1D outcomes that adversely affect mortality and morbidity. A4D as a non-government organization began its clinical support programmes in 2016 working in partnership with governments to support children and young people with T1D from diagnosis to adulthood are the first steps to improving the T1D outcomes in SEA.
We are thankful to Prof May Ng and her co authors Prof Malene Iv, Prof Khaysy Rassavong, Prof Chi Dung Vu, Dr Florence Hui Sieng Tan, Prof Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin and A/Prof Ngee Lek along with our Co founder Charles Toomey for their contribution in conducting this research for over a period of one year and putting great efforts for successful publication.
Read full research paper here