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Abbott Cooperates with Ministry of Health in Tackling Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Vietnam

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2018

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is affecting up to 20% of Vietnamese pregnant women and is on the rise globally. Given the link between GDM in pregnancy, poor pregnancy outcome, and future risk of diabetes in both mother and child, a focus on prevention, screening, early diagnosis and managing GDM in pregnancy is needed globally and especially in Vietnam.

As a global leading healthcare company presenting in Vietnam for more than 20 years, Abbott has been actively working with the Government in addressing key healthcare issues and improving the healthcare system in Vietnam to build a healthier community and help people live their best lives possible. To help tackle specifically and focally the increasing situation of GDM among Vietnamese pregnant women and help to prevent potential consequences, recently, Abbott and the Vietnam Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation the project "Prevention and management of GDM to contribute to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in Viet Nam" that aims to improve understanding and management of GDM systematically. This is a further step in a well-established and long-term cooperation between Ministry of Health and Abbott in enhancing health of moms and babies in Vietnam.

Regarding to GDM management, nutrition counselling and physical activity are key to reduce risk of future obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases according to International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Thus, the project will focus on the following activities:

  • Educating the community and patient on lifestyle modification and diet for people with GDM
  • Developing national guidelines on prevention and control of GDM
  • Enhancing knowledge and efficiency of healthcare professionals through training
  • Developing a standardized screening and diagnostic program.
In the first year, there will be pilot screening and diagnostic implemented at 6 key hospitals, expecting to bring benefits to 75,000 people and help to reduce the incidence of GDM in Vietnam.

The project will also leverage Abbott’s expertise in diabetes management and nutrition for nearly 30 years to build the first-of-its-kind guideline in Vietnam with focuses on improving nutrition counselling and lifestyle modification to manage GDM.

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