January 24, 2023

World Diabetes Foundation and Maternity Foundation join hands to improve diabetes services for mothers in India

A new project by World Diabetes Foundation and Maternity Foundation will support ongoing efforts by the Government of India to strengthen the provision of antenatal and gestational diabetes care for pregnant women and new mothers in targeted areas in Jharkand State.

The project will make use of Maternity Foundation’s global digital tool, the Safe Delivery App, which has more than 150,000 downloads in India alone. The App is a training and learning tool for midwives and other healthcare workers, providing guidance on how to handle the most common complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

New clinical content on antenatal care (ANC) and gestational diabetes (GDM) will be developed in both English and Hindi and published in the App. In addition, the project will conduct training of +1500 healthcare workers and students, and the ANC and GDM modules will be institutionalised into the curriculum for nurses by 2024.

Provision of maternal care that includes screening, diagnosis, and management of gestational diabetes is crucial to minimizing the adverse health consequences.

Women with gestational diabetes are at an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and at delivery. These women and possibly their children are also at increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the future. WHO identifies diabetes as a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation.

Learn more about the new partnership and project. 

Thanks to all partners, including IPE Global Limited, Indian Nursing Council, National Health Mission/Government of Jharkhand.