“The eyes are part of a whole person”: Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Latin American Advocacy Workshop

On 6-7 April 2018, the IFA hosted the Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Barometer Latin American Advocacy Workshop in Mexico City, Mexico in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, the International Diabetes Federation, and Bayer.  This workshop brought together professionals across many disciplines to work together to determine solutions for improving care pathways that lead to improved vision health outcomes for people with diabetes in the region.

Workshop Overview

Session presentations built a strong case to address diabetes and vision-related complications in Latin America:

Vision complications are an important part of diabetes care and there are gaps in the care pathway to be addressed.  While each country has some measures in place, the scope of policies, services, and funding is incomprehensive.  Suggestions to address these gaps included:

Key opinion leaders presented country case studies, with several common themes emerging:

Next Steps

The breakout group discussions identified country-specific issues and specific targeted strategies were then developed to address these including the establishing a coalition or working group, communication plans for educating for patients and physicians, and further local stakeholder engagement.

The DR Barometer Program microsite (www.drbarometer.com) will feature the workshop presentations and other resources as the communities of practice develop.  In addition, the DR Barometer European Advocacy workshop will be hosted on 14-15 September in Italy.  Each country group’s plans will be implemented with follow-up by the IFA.