On Sunday, 'Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management
of Diabetic Retinopathy (CCDR Cycle I)' was announced in Guwahati. It's because
of the fact that Diabetic Retinopathy is likely to pose a public health
challenge in India coupled with the associated complications of diabetes, that is why this course was introduced.
In order to build capacity amongst primary care physicians
to address management, counseling, referral and prevention of Diabetic
Retinopathyis the main purpose of this program. It's a four month executive on
the job PAN-India program.
It's a joint effort of many institutions as its designed,
delivered and implemented by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), along
with academic partners Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Education Academy (DMDEA), Chennai;
Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai and supported by an educational grant from The
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (QEDJT) with funding from The Leona M.
and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
On the recommendation of the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting in Australia in 2011 (CHOGM), QEDJT was set up and thus,
responsibility lies on all member countries of the Commonwealth.
More about Diabetic retinopathy-
It is a neurovascular disorder that affects minute blood
vessels of the retina and eventually causes painless loss of vision and
blindness. It accounts for three percent blindness in India and is now among
the most important causes of visual loss during the productive years of life.
DR occurs both in type 1 and type 2 diabetes and studies have shown that nearly
all type 1 and up to 80 percent of type 2 diabetes will develop DR after 15
years duration of diabetes.
On this auspicious occasion, the following were present-
Dr. Umesh Chandra Sarma, Vice Chancellor of Srimanta Sankaradeva
University of Health Sciences, Guwahati, Dr. A.C. Kataki, Director, BBCI,
Guwahati, Dr. Dipali Deka, Director, RIO, Guwahati along with Dr. Sandeep
Bhalla, Director, CCDR, Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi, Mr. Manoj
Joshi, Senior Program Coordinator, CCDR, Public Health Foundation of India,
Delhi, Regional Faculty - Dr. B. B. Kukreja and Dr. Harsha Bhattacharjee from
Guwahati along with leading primary care physicians and distinguished guests
from Guwahati region.
Prof GVS Murthy, director, Indian Institute of Public
Health, Hyderabad, PHFI and principle investigator, CCDR course said that DR is
one of the important causes of blindness and it is becoming an increasing
concern which needs to be addressed. In order to manage and treat DR patients,
they would need a trained set of doctors who are equipped with the latest
technology, and follow the cutting-edge international and national guidelines.
The joint effort of IIPH, Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Education
Academy (DMDEA), Aravind Eye Care System, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee
Trust and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is basically to
strengthen education, training and research in public health. Murthy further
added that the announcement of the 1st Cycle of Diabetic Retinopathy course is
a step further to tackle the rising prevalence of diabetes and its related
complications, aiming to strengthen the capacity of primary care doctors to
deal with the enormous challenges that Diabetic Retinopathy poses, with the
ultimate aim of improving the health outcomes of people.
According to Prof D. Prabhakaran, vice president - Research,
PHFI and Co-PI, CCDR Cycle I, PHFI, despite the population being suffered,
there is limited attention provided to DR patients especially when early
diagnosis and treatment remain the cornerstone of management of Diabetic
Retinopathy. So, this course will provide practical and simple tips for disease
detection and management for primary care doctors.
The Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic
Retinopathy is a four modular course (February 2016 - May 2016). it will be held across 8
states, 1 Union Territory and 10 cities in 10 regional training centers across