The mission of D-Foot International

Ending avoidable lower-limb amputations due to diabetes worldwide

Phu Thi Hong Thuy, a 48-year-old woman with diabetes, had her leg amputated after she cut herself on a closet at home. "Sometimes I feel my leg itching, but when I look, it's not there," said Ms Thuy, a patient at Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Phu Thi Hong Thuy
Justin Mott

Footprint

A message from the President

Activities during the D-Foot International Diabetic Foot Awareness Week included a regional webinar programme throughout the week, the launch of the first series of diabetic foot Info Cards, the conferring of the first D-Foot International Board Commendation Award 2020 and the launch of the SACA Regional Chairs Nomination Awards.

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D-Foot SACA Regional Chair Nomination Award winner

Eliana Marques Gomes da Silva (Brazil)

Life in the Brazilian Amazon region is tough: rivers instead of roads, few qualified healthcare professionals and disorganised public service. More than half of the estimated 280,000 people with diabetes have foot problems. 

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Foot soldiers

Nalini Campillo (Dominican Republic)

During my academic training, I witnessed in the emergency room how a woman with diabetes cried together with the doctors at the news of an above-knee amputation. That episode made me become passionate for diabetic foot.

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A model of integrated diabetic foot care and early referral

All over the world, the advent of specialist diabetic foot clinics has clearly demonstrated a year-on-year improvement in clinical outcomes for patients presenting with ulcerations.

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D-Foot International

Foot problems are one of the most common complications of diabetes, and the most feared.

Up to 1 in 4 of all people with diabetes who have a loss of sensation to their feet will develop an ulcer in their lifetime. When that happens, over time, an amputation may follow in most people, and with it, their ability to work, see their friends, look after their kids and go about their lives.

It doesn't have to be like this.

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Lockdown Academy

D-Foot International is presenting free webinars during the current period of lockdown.

Lectures from experts around the world focus on different topics related to diabetic foot: infection, vascular disease, Charcot foot, local wound care, etc of up to 20 minutes.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to log in to the webinar.

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Diabetic foot unit in Dakar

In December 2019, the Belgian Abbey of Chimay donated € 15,000 to D-Foot International to use for ‘Projet Sénégal’, to benefit diabetic foot activities in French-speaking Africa. A diabetic foot centre and training facility is being set up.

Maïmouna Ndour Mbaye, the National Representative of Senegal and D-Foot Regional Chair for Africa, advised that she wished to expand her diabetes centre in Dakar, Senegal, where the funding could be utilised to purchase equipment and materials to benefit diabetic foot training of healthcare professionals in the region. 

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