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:

  • Screening and treatment initiatives for DR must be improved through a more integrated and preventative approach that includes both specialists and primary health care providers.
  • Targeted education about vision health as an integral part of diabetes management should be provided to patients and inform front-line health care professionals.
  • Collaboration through a common strategic direction among stakeholders is crucial to address barriers and create solutions toward effective management of DR.
  • Strengthening knowledge mobilization through the DR Barometer Community will help facilitate “evidence to action” regionally and globally.


Read the full consensus statement


Country Viewpoints

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.

Argentina | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Costa Rica | Mexico 


Workshop Materials

Programme (Spanish | English)

Attendee List (English)



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