Oman Diabetes Association plays a key role in keeping the momentum in our action to fight diabetes and to improve the lives of citizens living with diabetes. Over 14% of the Omani population is living with diabetes. And this figure is rising and expected to continue to rise in the coming years. Add to this the great number of people who are living with type 2 diabetes, but who are currently unaware of their condition, and the magnitude of the problem becomes greater still.
Over 905 of diabetes cases are Type 2, which as we all know, is largely preventable and closely linked to factors such as over-nutrition and insufficient physical activity. Yet if we look at the number of people who are overweight, obese and physically inactive in Oman, it is -in short- alarming. These trends all point to a need for more effective and targeted prevention. Yet encouraging people to adopt healthy lifestyles -including balanced nutrition and sufficient physical activity – is such more easily said than done. we need to step up action on diabetes at all levels. ODA since its establishment is continuing to develop, and currently able to offer a wide range of awareness, education and support activities for people living with diabetes. In addition, the association works towards supporting families of children with diabetes and also achieving capacity building of health professionals. This couldn’t have been achieved without the support we receive from our allies been government sector or to a larger extent the partnership we created with reputable corporate in the privet sector.
ODA recognize the importance of planning intervention activities with clear objectives and target groups. the ten years reputed experience in implementation these assignments is our assurance of the quality of programs and activities delivered. We are delighted to announce our activity calendar for every two years which has been developed based on identified needs of this specific population. we call upon all stakeholders and our health allies to support our cause in truly reducing the burden of this problem and making Oman among the least affected with diabetes.
Sayyida Dr. Noor Bint Bader Al-Busaidi
Chairperson, Oman Diabetes Association
Director, National Diabetes & Endocrine Center
Royal Hospital, Ministry of Health Oman