Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes

 Group News


November 14, 2014 


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News Flash from Sydney

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Left to Right: Martin Silink, Graham Ogle, Wayne Edwards and Larry Deeb at the RAGDiabetes Breakout Session in Sydney, June 2014.

 The Diabetes movement within Rotary took two dramatic leaps in Sydney.  Firstly, Prof Martin Silink, past President of International Diabetes Federation, President Lane Cove Australia, Order of Australia and Paul Harris Fellow presented a major address about diabetes at the opening plenary session. There he described how rotary was helpful in the passage of the UN Resolution on Diabetes and the creation of World Diabetes Day, November 14. The address was warmly received by all 18000 in attendance.

The second event, a breakout hosted by the RAGDiabetes was so oversubscribed that over 100 were turned away.  Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic and Rotarians realize that involvement at the local, national and international levels is critical to interdicting the epidemic.


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Please look at the presentations below.


  1. Understand the epidemic
  2. Consider involvement in Life for a Child
  3. You absolutely must involve your club in programs designed to promote healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes

November 14, 2014 

The Rotary Club of Ledbury Caribbean Diabetes Foot Care Project

The Rotary Club of Ledbury and the Caribbean Diabetes Foot Care Project would like to thank the Rotary Action Group Diabetes most sincerely for a grant of US $10,000 which will be used to further the work of the Rotary in conjunction with the Step by Step teams in the Caribbean and South America.

In the next few days a Train the Foot Trainers course will be taking place in Brasilia where clinicians from 15 South American countries will be represented. They will be trained to take the Step by Step programmes into their own countries under the auspices of the local diabetes groups, the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and the International Diabetes Federation Faculties and help to train others in the techniques of Diabetic Footcare. We are trying to encourage Rotarians in Brazilia also to be represented at this meeting.

In June 2013 the Rotary Club of Ledbury will be involved in a similar Diabetic Train the Foot Trainers course on Tobago. We are seeking funding from TRF through the RI Matching Grant process.

The aim of these Train the Foot Trainers courses are to help alleviate the enormous costs of the international flights involved in sending the training teams out and also to encourage local participation. Rotary Clubs can and will be used to champion these projects both at a local level and the international level.

Rotary Club of Ledbury - Caribbean Diabetic Footcare Pamphlet (pdf)

Dr. Larry Deeb, Rotary Action Group for Diabetes RAG Diabetes Director and Dr. Graham Ogle, Medical Director of Life for a Child in Philadelphia PA at the American Diabetes Assoc Meetings.

Dr. Deeb, on behalf of the Interact Club in Osprey Fl. presents Dr. Ogle with a check for over $6300 for Life for a Child. These funds will be used in Haiti.

In addition Dr. Deeb presented Dr Ogle with funds from RAG Diabetes and Rotary District 6940 Foundation for over $110,000 for work in Rwanda, India and other Life for a Child Countries. At present Life for a Child is closing in on 10,000 children served in 39 countries