Sanofi Lebanon launched the first Diabetes Management Forum under the banner “Diabetes in Lebanon. Where are we standing?”

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Health, the Lebanese Society for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Lipids (LSEDL) and Sanofi organized the first Diabetes Management Forum in Lebanon entitled “Diabetes in Lebanon. Where are we standing?”

The forum was designed to underline the acute situation faced by healthcare providers, patients and their caregivers and highlight the current challenges in detection, treatment, management and costs.

The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Public Health, LSEDL, the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), the Lebanese Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, the Lebanese Order of Nurses, Sanofi, and members of the press. The forum shared updates and latest developments, providing recent data and practices in the management of diabetes.

Showcasing in its first session an overview utilizing the results of data gathered in 2016 related to the management of diabetes in Lebanon, the forum emphasized the heavy cost burden borne by national payers and patients. The second session hosted a panel discussion headed by the Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine-Endocrinologist, and featured keynote speakers representing the healthcare system. The discussions emphasized the importance of adopting a cost-effective management approach for diabetes in Lebanon, where patients’ well-being and quality of life is heavily impacted by diabetes management, as well as the complications arising from poor monitoring such as depression, which, among other symptoms, leads to a loss in individual productivity.

The forum was a success and the efforts deployed by all the partners and participants were able to build a complete picture of the gaps in diabetes management in Lebanon. New recommendations were drafted to enable healthcare providers, caregivers and concerned parties to adopt a proactive and preventive approach while creating a supportive and well-equipped community for individuals to better manage the disease.