University works with faith community to combat diabetes

Posted by ap507 at May 04, 2018 03:58 PM |
Event on 8 May looks at how small changes can have a big impact

Issued by University of Leicester on 4 May 2018

A faith community that has worked alongside the University of Leicester to fight diabetes is now hosting an event on campus to explore how making small changes can help to fight diabetes in a big way.

The Dawoodi Bohra Community of Leicester, in partnership with the Leicester Diabetes Centre, has organised the Leicester Fighting Diabetes event on Tuesday 8 May at the George Davies Centre at the University of Leicester. It starts at 6pm.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation. Based at Leicester General Hospital, the centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester.

Leicester has just joined the global Novo Nordisk Cities Changing Diabetes programme, becoming only the city worldwide to join the initiative launched in response to the dramatic rise of diabetes within urban areas. The Leicester Diabetes Centre is leading the partnership approach across the city.

Dr Murtaza Salem, a member of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, and Vascular Surgery Specialist Registrar at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “Diabetes affects more than 4.6 million people in the UK. Five hundred thousand people nationwide, many of whom live in Leicester, have type 2 diabetes and do not know about it.

“We are asking people to join us and the leading team from the Leicester Diabetes Centre to learn more about the challenges of urban diabetes and what we can do to make a difference here in Leicester.”

Earlier this year, members of the Dawoodi Bohra community organised a diabetes awareness walk in the city, in partnership with the University and others, with the aim of raising £25,000 for diabetes charities. The walk was an enormous success. Over £35,000 has to date been raised to help fight diabetes.

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    • Dawoodi Bohras mostly originate from the North West Indian state of Gujarat. They are a community with a business ethos although a substantial number are now professionals in various fields. In common with many people from the sub-continent Dawoodi Bohras have migrated far and wide and have spread across the world to further their education and in search of better prospects. Consequently large jamaats (congregations) have grown, particularly in East Africa, Europe, North America and the Gulf states.

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