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Diabetes Conversation Map(TM) Education Tools Celebrate One-Year Anniversary
Date:10/21/2009

, which provide a dynamic learning experience for people living with diabetes, were first introduced in Europe last year, then in Latin America and Asia throughout 2008 and 2009. With more than 16,000 educational kits already distributed since launch, there is an extensive network of leadership and support partners within healthcare and government organizations around the world using and supporting the tools. In addition, more than 100 credentialed healthcare professionals, representing 68 countries and referred to as "Expert Trainers," have been trained not only on how to use the tools, but also on how to train other locally-based diabetes educators to conduct Conversation Map(TM) education sessions. As a result, these Expert Trainers have spurred an educational movement for thousands of people living with diabetes.

Currently, 285 million people live with diabetes worldwide and the number is projected to increase dramatically within the next 20 years.(1)( )Unlike other diseases, people with diabetes are responsible for 95 percent of their own care. Yet, many are faced with managing this disease - including making complex daily medical decisions - without proper education regarding their diabetes.(2)

"As part of our Global Education Programme to spread the word about diabetes education and prevention, IDF is working to identify and fill gaps in the provision of diabetes education worldwide," said Helen McGuire, global education manager, International Diabetes Federation. "We are pleased that educational instruments such as the Map tools are available to help prepare people with diabetes to make informed decisions and behavioral changes and, ultimately, better equip them to effectively manage their diabetes."

Designed for groups of three to 10, the Conversation Map(TM) education tools use the power of small group dialogue and collaborative learning to improve personal health management and enhance interactions between
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