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Kenya Diabetes Study Group

The Kenya Diabetes Study Group, commonly referred to as KDSG is a study group that was founded by Diabetes specialists in Nairobi with an aim to support Diabetes Education and promote local research as well as improve the educational capacity for the healthcare providers countrywide.

The Ultimate goal of the society is to improve the quality of Diabetes care in Kenya by promoting various initiatives related to both prevention and screening as well as equipping healthcare providers with the necessary knowledge to adequately manage persons living with Diabetes.

The Organization has been instrumental in spearheading various endeavors and Diabetes related initiatives over the years. The achievements by members include:

  • KDSG being key opinion leaders in various Diabetes related fora countrywide where they provide advice and services as a key educational resource for both public and private sector initiatives related to Diabetes that run in the country at different times.
  • Writing and publishing a Diabetes Manual in 2008.
  • Members participating and playing a key role in the write up of the Kenyan National Guidelines in Diabetes in 2010.
  • The revision of the 2010 Guidelines in collaboration with the Ministry of Health
  • Collaborations with Novo Nordisk in countrywide training of general practitioners in the Buddy Initiative. This is currently in its 3rd phase and had been instrumental in engaging practitioners in the management of persons living with Diabetes.
  • 2010: A second Edition was printed and was circulated countrywide in 2010.
  • 24th and 25th June 2011; a two-day Diabetes educational forum that brought together allied healthcare workers including clinical officers and nurses was held for the first time ever as there were representatives from each part of the country.
  • Members also play an active role in affiliated bodies such as Diabetes Management and Information Centre (DMI), Kenya Diabetes Association (KDA), Kenya Association of Physicians (KAP), Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance of Kenya (NCDAK) and remain on the forefront of championing the causes of Diabetes in this country.
  • Online Diabetes training for over 2,000 Medical and Clinical officers between September 2019 and April 2020 in collaboration with Sanofi and International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
  • The first ever online Diabetes short course for nurses within the country in collaboration with AstraZeneca and Daktari Online starting in November 23- December 31 2020
  • The Nurses on Diabetes (NOD) online course for nurses on the management of Diabetes and Health coaching curated in collaboration with Roche Diabetes started in September 2022

KDSG has hosted the following Annual Scientific Conferences over the years;

1st Diabetes Symposium was held in 18th June 2015 “Diabetes and Pregnancy”

2nd Diabetes Symposium was held in 18th July 2016 “To the Future and Back”

3rd Diabetes Symposium Held in June 2017 “Halting Microvascular Disease in Diabetes”

4th KDSG Conference held on the 20th and 21st July 2018 “The Evolution of Diabetes in Kenya; 50 Years On”

5th KDSG Conference held on 5th and 6th June 2019 “The Multifaceted Nature of Diabetes”

6th KDSG Conference held on 21st to 24th June 2021 “Innovation to Implementation: The different facets of care in 2021”

7th KDSG Conference held on the 22nd to the 25th June 2022 “Shifting Focus in Diabetes Care: Translating theory into practice”