Leading Diabetic Foot care experts share their knowledge at regional conference

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Published March 12th, 2017 - 09:37 GMT
During the event
During the event

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), in collaboration with the Gulf Diabetic Foot Working Group, hosted the 3rd Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference earlier this week. The conference brought together over 800 key opinion leaders, wound care specialists, physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, nursing staff and allied health practitioners with a common interest in diabetic foot management and services.

“This conference brought together global experts in the field of diabetic foot care. It featured world-renowned international faculty who lectured on state-of-the-art concepts and techniques. Sessions focused on improving practices in the prevention and management of diabetic foot problems and most importantly on improving the care for patients with diabetic foot diseases,” said Dr. Talal Khader Talal, Head of Podiatric Services at HMC and Chair and Head of the Scientific Committee for the conference.

Dr. Talal added that the conference concentrated on all the important clinical issues related to diabetic foot care with a focus on the latest advances in wound care technology. He said the event showcased the latest innovations, developments, and successes in diabetic foot care. He stated that the two-day conference was about sharing successful systems that can be adopted to improve care.

Keynote speakers from the USA, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Canary Islands, Cost Rica, Cuba, India and South Korea, as well as the Middle East and GCC countries presented during the conference, providing comprehensive updates covering the diagnosis and modern management of diabetic foot disease. Lectures focused on screening, diagnosis and treatments.

“The Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference is the premier diabetic foot conference in this region. This is the third year we’ve successfully hosted this event, attracting a wide spectrum of generalists and specialists who diagnose and manage diabetic foot. The aim of these conferences is to give hands-on surgical and technical training to surgeons, physicians and nurses. We aim to immediately impact their practice and I believe we were successful in accomplishing that goal,” said Mrs. Mounia Mustafa Sabasse, President, Gulf Diabetic Foot Working Group and Head of the Scientific Committee for the conference.

Diabetes is a chronic and complex condition affecting approximately 415 million people worldwide. In Qatar and the wider Gulf region, Type 2 diabetes is a major health challenge, and diabetic foot and lower limb amputations are among the most significant and devastating complications of the disease.

Professor Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra, Chairman of Internal Medicine at HMC and Director of the Qatar Metabolic Institute was the Honorary President for the conference. He said it was an honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Gulf Diabetic Foot Working Group and the world’s leading specialists and scientists in the field of diabetic foot care.

“Diabetic foot is one of the most significant and devastating complications of diabetes. Therefore, as scientists, clinicians, and practitioners, it is critical we have a full understanding of this complex and debilitating condition so that we can enhance the quality of treatments on offer to our patients.”

Held under the leadership of the Gulf Diabetic Foot Working Group (GDFWG), a non-profit and non-government organization established in 2012 and led by expert, multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman, this is the third Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference. The first was held in Oman in April 2015 and the second in Kuwait in March 2016. The Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference is one of the GDFWG’s major outreach events.

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Hamad Medical Corporation

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East.

For more than four decades, HMC has been dedicated to delivering the safest, most effective and compassionate care to all its patients.

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