Alongside a rapidly ageing population, the prevalence of diabetes is increasing in Latin America at an alarming rate, and is fast becoming one of the leading causes of death and disability. As a chronic, progressive, and systemic disease, diabetes has the most serious and life changing consequences and burden of disease on society.
On 6-7 April 2018, the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) hosted the DR Barometer Latin American Advocacy Workshop in Mexico City, Mexico in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Bayer. This multidisciplinary workshop brought together 46 delegates from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico to work to improve vision health outcomes for adults with diabetes in the region.
Key opinion leaders and experts from across disciplines came to a consensus that:
Through mutual respect, enthusiasm and shared decision-making, delegates developed and plan to implement country-level strategies to improve the outcomes of adults with diabetes with a focus on their vision health and functional ability throughout life. Join local efforts by contacting the email listed in each Viewpoint.
Attendee List (English)
Dr Jane Barratt and Ms Michelle Sylvanowicz | Opening Session
Dr Luis Miguel Gutiérrez Robledo | Environmental drivers of change: Population ageing and non-communicable diseases
Dr Lihteh Wu | Diabetic retinopathy as a predictor of end-organ damage
Dr Francisco Martinez Castro | Vision-related complications and barriers to optimized care: Latin American status report
Dr Francisco J. Rodriguez | Diabetic Retinopathy: Latest in treatment options and what the real-world evidence is telling us
Dr Francisco Navarro Reynoso | Improving the outcomes of diabetic vision complications at a national level
Sra Vanessa Pirolo Vivancos | Patient experiences and expectations of the system