Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The first meeting of the D-Foot Western Pacific Regional Council took place last October, chaired by our Regional Chair Gulapar Srisawasdi. D-Foot National Representatives from the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and Vietnam were present. Observers from Cambodia and Australia attended. We were generously hosted by Urgo Medical, our corporate partner.
The meeting was held in conjunction with the 16th Asia Pacific Conference on Diabetic Limb Problems and the 2nd Global Wound Conference, organised by Prof Dr Harikhrishna K. R. Nair which was attended by the Director-General of Health, Malaysia and over 800 delegates from all over the Asian Pacific region. During the conference, D-Foot projects such as FLIRT-Bird, The POINT Project and Train-the Foot Trainer were presented and well received by the participants.
The Western Pacific Regional Council Regional Council was officially opened and all National Representatives were invited to join. Gulapar Srisawasdi introduced the D-Foot structure and the roles of the Council were discussed. Each country gave a presentation upon the strengths and challenges they were each facing in providing diabetic footcare in their respective countries.
Some very exciting new projects for 2020 were proposed and agreed to be supported by Urgo Medical in response to the highlighted issues which were unanimously agreed.
1. Education and training of patients and healthcare professionals.
2. Data collection to find out what is the burden of diabetic foot ulceration for patients and society.
Our next meeting will take place in association with the Asia Pacific Association on Diabetic Limb Problems (APADLP) meeting in the Philippines in 2020 and we will report on the outcomes of our Western Pacific Region D-Foot projects in the New Year.