Abbott funds project on preventing diabetes in pregnant women hinh anh 1Abbott funds a project on preventing diabetes in Vietnamese pregnant women. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Representatives of the Health Ministry and Abbott Vietnam Company signed a memorandum of understanding on a project to prevent and control diabetes in pregnant women in Hanoi on February 1.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien said, preventing and controlling diabetes during pregnancy help reduce obstetrical accidents and mother and infant fatality, contributing to implementing the national strategy for preventing non communicable diseases for 2015-2025, and the national strategy on population and reproductive healthcare for the 2011-2020 period.

Tien said the project on preventing and controlling diabetes in pregnant women will benefit all people as well as health workers, adding that the project and other health schemes funded by Abbott have proven the effective cooperation between the two sides.

According to the MoU, Abbott Vietnam will help the Health Ministry develop a national guidebook on preventing and controlling diabetes during pregnancy, which will serve as the basis for the compilation of relevant training curricula and materials for the medical sector.

Under the project, publicity campaign will also be conducted to raise the awareness among community and obstetrical doctors of preventing and controlling diabetes during pregnancy.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are 346 million patients with diabetes in the world. Without intervening measures, the figure may double by 2030.

In Vietnam, over 70 percent of people with diabetes are not diagnosed and treated early, including pregnant women.

Diabetes during pregnancy without treatment can result in the death of mothers, fetuses and newborns.-VNA