News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Sight-Restoring Charity Explores the Threat of Diabetes

Sight-Restoring Charity Explores the Threat of Diabetes


The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ this month hosts a FRED Talk to discuss the rising threat of diabetes in Pacific communities. The speaker is Stephanie Emma, the Diabetes Technical Advisor for The Foundation and lecturer in the diabetes eye care program at The Foundation’s Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji.

Emma’s talk takes place on Friday 23 May and focuses on diabetic retinopathy, a condition where fluctuating blood sugar levels caused by diabetes damage the retina, followed by vision loss and blindness. With the early detection of diabetes and adoption of preventative measures, there is a greater likelihood of surviving the disease, therefore reducing the risk of diabetic retinopathy developing.

“Diabetes requires education and early intervention, unfortunately this is not happening in a robust nature throughout many nations and the consequences are horrendous” says Emma.

In addition to her work with The Foundation, Emma works as the General Manager of Mangere Community Health Trust, and has participated in the release of studies assessing diabetes screening, effects on the body, and social solutions.

Fred Hollows Foundation NZ Executive Director Andrew Bell commends Emma on her efforts to explore the issue.

“Ms. Emma is one of New Zealand’s leading voices on diabetes in the Pacific and skilled in setting up treatment systems, so we are excited to learn from her,” says Bell. “Some of the highest rates of diabetes worldwide are in the Pacific Islands. More and more cases are turning up at our surgical outreaches, so we need to know as much as we can about treatment and prevention.”

This is the second in The Foundation’s new lunchtime speaker series of FRED Talks, which invites experts from the field to share their stories and experience.

The talk begins at 12:30pm at The Foundation’s Newmarket office, and will be followed by a Q&A session, ending by 2pm.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: And The Oscar Goes To … Parasite
For its deliciously dark wit and genre-bending ingenuity, Bong Joon-ho's latest movie has just won four out of a potential six Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Director. Only ten foreign-language films have previously been nominated for Best Picture and none have won before. More>>

Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>


Floorball: NZ To Host World Cup Of Floorball In 2022

In a major coup for a minnow nation in the European-dominated sport of floorball, New Zealand has won the rights to host one of the sport’s marque international events. More>>

National Voyage Continues: Tuia 250 Ends

Tuia 250 has unleashed an unstoppable desire to keep moving forward and continue the kōrero about who we are, say the co-chairs of the Tuia 250 National Coordinating Committee, Dame Jenny Shipley and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. More>>

ALSO:

Over 150 Productions: NZ Fringe 2020 Has Launched

The upcoming festival will be held at 40 venues all over Wellington Region from 28 February to 21 March, and includes every genre possible—theatre, comedy, dance, music, clowning, cabaret, visual art, children’s shows and more! More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 


 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland