Global Village 2012 Continues To Provide the Sweetest Experience

On November 9 and 10, 2012 The Barbados Diabetes Foundation in association with the Barbados Diabetes Association will host the 5th annual Global Village Expo.

The aim of this flagship event is to highlight the importance of timely interventions in managing diabetes. The event is open to the general public and focuses on simple lifestyle adaptations that can make living with diabetes easier. It is one of the only events that brings together a variety of products, services and clinical practices in providing diabetes care.

With the construction of the new Diabetes Centre in Warrens, which is scheduled to be completed early next year, the Foundation sees this year’s event as a symbol of its plans for the island and the future of diabetes care in Barbados.

This year the Global Village will be hosting its second medical symposium. “The symposium this year”, according to Chief Operations Officer Simone McConnie, “will bring together for the first time a diabetes-focused collaborative effort with the newly formed National Task Force for Diabetes Education. It is an exciting time as the symposium will be the first in a series of medical continuing education symposia hosted by the Foundation for the benefit of the medical fraternity. Importantly for those attending the mini-symposium continuing medical education (CME) points will be awarded, another first. The event brings together a team of diabetes specialists who strongly promote an interdisciplinary approach to managing diabetes presages the caliber of expertise to be expected at the new center.”

There will also be a full team of professionals on site, providing counseling on every aspect of diabetes management, from nutrition to eyes, feet and dental care. In this respect we anticipate that the Diabetes Global Village will be different from other health fairs. “It is not about hype, it is about providing the public with information and encouraging lifestyle changes.” McConnie added.

{FILE IMAGE} This year patrons of the Expo can look forward to a quality event with a wide selection of exhibitors including companies and NGOs which cater to the needs of diabetics.

A new feature at the Expo will be a People’s Forum. Here individuals living with diabetes and their family members will be able to meet, discuss and share stories about the disease. The Foundation felt that this type of interactive forum was important, as it would enable people to offer support and advice to each other and hopefully learn more of the right things about diabetes care.

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