Changing Diabetes in Children training in Guinea


ISPAD is Changing Diabetes in Children in Conakry, Guinea
1st of November to 4th of Novemeber 2012

Over a 4 day period, representatives from different teams (nurses, pediatricians and internists) in Guinea-Conakry met for a training meeting, organized by the team of internal and pediatric medicine in Conakry (CHU Donka, Prof. Naby Balde et dr Moustafa Kouyate) in collaboration with ISPAD, Novo Nordisk and Roche.

Talks and group workshops have led to a very fruitful and active exchange between all participants. The course included lectures as well as group discussions and a clinic visit. National challenges as well as possible solutions have been discussed. First epidemiological data from Guinea since the Changing Diabetes in Children program began show an increase in the number of children with a classical type 1 childhood-onset diabetes. The number of very young children seems still less than expected, requiring further research.

Several patients were discussed who did not present in the typical fashion of type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Possible collaboration with the Exeter team to share cases of rare forms of diabetes has been initiated. An anonymous evaluation by the participants clearly showed positive feedback and the need to continue the training of health care professionals in the field of childhood diabetes.

Jean Jacques Robert and Carine de Beaufort, ISPAD
Naby Balde and Moustafa Kouyate, CHU Donka

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