Diabetes prevalence in Bangladesh would reach 12 million by 2035 posing a huge challenge to already overburdened health system, International Diabetes Federation, 2014 said.
At present 5.9 million diabetics prevalence has been confirmed in the country and the increase in diabetic cases is attributed to rapid urbanization leading to change in life styles and dietary habits.
About 1.8 million people in Bangladesh have some form of Diabetic Retinopathy (27.7- 36 per cent prevalence among diabetics), a serious complication of diabetes, which leads to blindness if diabetes is poorly controlled, National Eye Care strategy said.
Diabetes is rapidly spreading in South Asia and 77 per cent of people with diabetes live in low and middle income countries, experts observed.
At present, there are 387 million people (one in 12 people) throughout the world living with diabetes. This number is estimated to increase to 592 million by the year 2035.
The international and national experts shared their experience in the health professionals and stakeholders at a Dissemination Summit and Strategic Workshop on Diabetic Retinopathy; organized jointly by Helen Keller International-Bangladesh and National Institute of Ophthalmology & Hospital (NIOH) on Wednesday in the city.
The summit also includes presentation of the program: Scaling up Diabetic Retinopathy Services (SDRS) in Bangladesh. The workshop also focused and discussed the emergence of Diabetic Retinopathy as a public health concern, the importance of Diabetic Retinopathy screening at the national and sub national level and to develop a strategy to address the future burden of Diabetic Retinopathy. A panel of international speakers includes Professor PN Nagpal of India, Dr. Mahi Muqit of Moorfields Eye Hospital in the UK, and Dr. Nicholas Kourgialis, Vice President for Eye Health of Helen Keller International-USA.
Among others, Dr. Meredith Jackson-deGraffenried, country director of Helen Keller International-Bangladesh, and Prof Md Arif Miah, Director, National Institute of Ophthalmology & Hospital and Line Director, National Eye Care, delivered the inauguration and welcome speech.
Professor AHM Enayet Hussain, Line Director, Non-Communicable Disease Control of DGHS presented the Key Note at the roundtable discussion on Diabetic Retinopathy and strategic planning to address the burden of it.
Serious complications from diabetes retinopathy can be prevented by adequate diabetes control and routine care, and the progression stopped with treatment, Professor PN Nagpal said.