Recognition

Diabetic Foot Medal of Honour for Kristien Van Acker and Zulfikar Abbas.

The Diabetic Foot Medal of Honour is a quadrennial award for a clinician who has made outstanding and innovative contributions to the detection, treatment and prevention of diabetic foot disease.

The prize was conferred at the 8th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot in The Hague on 25 May 2019 by Nicolaas C Schaper, Symposium Chair, in the presence of Karel Bakker, founder and former Chair of the International Working Group of the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF).

The recipient:

• is a clinician who has played a pivotal role in translating science into daily care and has contributed to the reduction of the burden of disease.

• has had a significant impact as teacher and mentor in the field of diabetic foot disease, both on a national and international level.

• is internationally viewed as a trailblazer in the field.

The 2019 Diabetic Foot Medal of Honour was awarded to two internationally well-known endocrinologists who for many years have made many important contributions to the quality of care for diabetic foot disease all over the world.   

Kristien Van Acker

Kristien Van Acker, Chimay, Belgium, is the recipient of several awards. Since many years,  she is renowned for her activities in diabetic foot education and organisation of care. She was responsible for setting up several multidisciplinary projects to improve the quality of care. She was the stimulating power behind national preventive and treatment programs in her country. As a representative of the International Working Group on the diabetic Foot (IWGDF), she played a major role in the ‘Step-by-Step’ and Train-the-Foot-Trainer programmes, chairing many courses around the world. She is the Founding President of D-Foot International. Dr Van Acker has been a member of many boards and committees, including the Consultative Section on the Diabetic Foot of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the Diabetic Foot Study Group of the EASD and the “Eurodiale” research consortium. She is also (co-)author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on diabetic foot disease. 

Zulfiqarali Abbas

 Zulfiqarali Abbas, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, played an essential role in enhancing the awareness of diabetic foot disease in Africa and setting up education programs for healthcare workers. This originated from his famous diabetic foot clinic that he set up in his home country. He is an active member of various committees aimed at reducing the burden of diabetic foot disease and sits on the editorial board of several international peer-reviewed journals. He chairs the Pan-African Diabetic Foot Study Group and is an executive working group member of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). Dr Abbas has written extensively on the epidemiology and clinical importance of diabetic foot disease in Africa and has more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters, including a pocketbook on diabetic foot disease for healthcare workers.