A group of Afghan physicians with assistance of Novonordisk has established the Afghanistan Diabetes Association (AfDA). For the first time all stakeholders of Diabetes control and management have gathered under AfDA for the best possible control, diagnosis and treatment of Diabetes in Afghanistan. With the establishment of a democratic and elected government in Afghanistan the need for the establishment of an association for control and care of Diabetes has become a top priority.
AfDA is a non-governmental, non-political and national organisation registered as a legal entity with the Afghan Ministry of Justice (registeration number 286 dated March 2005). The aim of AfDA is to bring all stakeholders of diabetes control and care in Afghanistan under one flag and to become the flagship in the battle against diabetes in Afghanistan. This association belongs to everyone in Afghanistan. This is not just for doctors, pharmacists or health workers, AfDA belongs to the patients as well. The Board of Directors of AfDA consists of 11 doctors and so far hundreds of patients have become members of AfDA.
To create public awareness
To provide training to healthcare professionals
To help the Afghan Ministry of Public Healting in creating a strategy to fight diabetes in Afghanistan
Public awareness on diabetes to all ethnic groups in Afghanistan through mass media, pamphlets, leaflets, seminars and workshops.
Working closely with Afghan Ministry of Health to include Diabetes in the basic health package.
Coordination of Diabetes care and control in Afghanistan.
Massive public awareness on the prevalence, diagnosis, treatment, and complications of diabetes in Afghanistan. The public awareness programmes include awareness on obesity, dietary modifications and emphasis on exercise. Public awareness programmes also include recognition of early symptoms and emphasis on prevention of diabetes rather than treatment.
One important aspect of AfDA activity is the provision of training possibilities for Afghan doctors in-country and overseas. AfDA is very keen to establish links with other Diabetes Associations in other countries and to make sure that AfDA will become a full and active member of the international community dealing with various aspects of Diabetes care and control in Afghanistan.
AfDA received some support from Novonordisk to establish the association, however AfDA is very keen to get funding from several donors for implementation of its ambitious plans.
Income generation and self-support – AfDA receives no financial support from the Afghan government, however AfDA believes that the association should be self-sufficient. To achieve this goal AfDA has encouraged members to pay membership fees. It is planned for future that AfDA will make some income by selling books and having training sessions for doctors, pharmacists, health workers and patients.
Message from the President
Dr. Kabir Ahmad Faiz "As a member of IDF, we learn from each other in terms of education and sharing information.
I wish success for IDF Members and in particular for MENA region and would like to bring to the kind attention of delegates of MENA Region the problem of civil war and ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya and the huge adverse impact of conflict on care of diabetes mainly among the children and pregnant women. Massive displacement of thousands of refugees mostly women and children from their home countries to the neighbouring countries and Europe along with poverty, destruction of medical facilities in these countries and lack of resources have put patients suffering from diabetes of both types into a very grave and dangerous situation. The MENA Region relatively rich countries and associations along with other IDF members must take this issue very seriously and allocate resources for the care of diabetes in refugee camps as their top priority. "