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A dissemination meeting on ‘gestational diabetes screening and management’ held in Rabat, Morocco

March 16, 2016

On February 26th 2016 the results of a study exploring the situation on gestational diabetes screening and management in two provinces of Morocco were presented during a dissemination meeting held at the National School of Public Health (ENSP), Rabat, Morocco. The research has been conceptualized with the support of various members of a working group on gestational diabetes who met for the first time in October 2014 and that included members of professional medical societies and professors of the university hospital of Rabat, representatives of the directorates of epidemiology, population and hospital and ambulatory care as well as members of civil society associations related to diabetes care in order to identify the research needs on the topic of gestational diabetes. The study, commissioned by the Ministry of health and UNFPA Morocco, was conducted by researchers of ENSP, Morocco (Bouchra Assarag, Amina Essolbi) in collaboration with ITM Antwerp (Bettina Utz, Vincent De Brouwere) and could identify gaps in both knowledge and in implementation of screening and management of gestational diabetes. The presentation and subsequent discussion indicated that first line health services need to be strengthened to increase access to screening and follow-up of affected women in order to reduce maternal and newborn complications associated with this condition. The meeting was attended by representatives of the two research institutions, the ministry of health, UNICEF, WHO and various specialists in the field of obstetrics, neonatology, nutrition and public health.


Gestational diabetes working group