The Impact of Initiation of an Educational and Preventive Foot Care Center for Subjects with Diabetes in Alexandria, Egypt (ST07-004)

Last update: 19/04/2017
  • Location :
    Topic :
    Diabetes complications,Diabetic Foot Care
    Duration :
    April 1, 2008 - December 31, 2010
    Main Institution :
    Rotary International, Alexandria Western Club (Egypt)
    Other institution :
    Principal investigator :
    Professor Samir Assaad Khalil
    Other investigator :
    Amount allocated :
    USD 62,791
    Objectives :
    The number of people with diabetes is rapidly increasing. The feet of many of these people will be at risk of ulceration. It has been found that foot ulcers precede 85% of non-traumatic amputations in people with diabetes. It is essential that podiatry services, which are almost absent in Egypt, should be urgently initiated to cope with the rapidly increasing prevalence of diabetes and its complications affecting a great number of Egyptians. They require a specific centre that cares for their feet, education besides the orientation and formation of interested HCP's to undertake these services. This concept would reduce the rate of amputations.

Impact of the project:

  • More than 8 universities in Egypt are now initiating centers for foot care
  • Awareness in the media and general population (TV, radio, press and magazines)
  • Awareness propagated to other countries like in Bahrain
  • Foot care for diabetics has been introduced as a part of the undergraduate and post graduate curriculum in most medical schools in Egypt
  • Training of 15 physicians and 12 nurses
  • Lectures to increase the awareness of HCPs (2700 professionals nationwide) . Education of about 3600 patients
  • Medical and foot examination for 2600 patients
  • Initiation of a regional registry


  • 20th World Diabetes Congress, Montreal (Canada), October 2009


  • 21st World Diabetes Congress, Dubai (UAE), December 2011 (invited speaker)
  • 49th EASD, Barcelona (Spain), September 2013 (DESG symposium)
  • World Diabetes Congress, Vancouver (Canada), December 2015 (invited speaker)


  • One booklet in arabic on diabetes foot distributed locally
  • Study of the Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) and Some Socio-demographic Factors associated with the Development of Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU) in Type 2 Diabetic Patients in Egypt J. Egypt. Soc. Endocr., Diab. & Metab. 2009, 41 (1) 25-34
  • Foot Ulceration and Lower Extremity Amputations Among Diabetic Patients in Alexandria, Egypt: Prevalence, Predictors and Quality of Medical Care. J. Egypt. Soc. Endocr., Diab. & Metab. 2010, 42 (1) 125-130
  • Prevalence of diabetic foor disorders and related risk factors among Egyptian subjects with diabetes, Primary Care Diabetes February 2015

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