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Partnering with Universitas Indonesia to improve antenatal and gestational diabetes care coordination


March 13, 2017

Posted by: Jill Shah

Authored by Ranju Sharma and Shreya Bhatt. Above, Doctors, Midwives and Kaders run an information session for pregnant women in a hamlet in suburban Jakarta. These information sessions that happen once a month cover topics addressing proper nutrition and care practices during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes was one of the topics discussed during this particular session.

We're excited to announce our partnership with the Universitas Indonesia’s School of Medicine on an antenatal care coordination and gestational diabetes management project in Indonesia.

Universitas Indonesia is the oldest tertiary-level educational institution in Indonesia, and its School of Medicine is at the forefront of medical science and research in the country. The Department of Community Medicine aims to improve the quality of life and degree of community health by developing and implementing medical science and technology in education, research and service. The Department also runs two Health Clinics for general public access in Jakarta.

Diabetes is one of the most common non-communicable diseases in the world, and its burden is rapidly growing in middle- and low-income countries. Gestational diabetes is the onset of diabetes during pregnancy, and women with gestational diabetes are at an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and at delivery, affecting both maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Moreover, approximately half of the women with a history of gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five to ten years after delivery. The good news is that gestational diabetes can be easily diagnosed through prenatal screening and can be controlled effectively.

In partnership with the World Diabetes Foundation, the Department of Community Medicine at Universitas Indonesia seeks to improve the management of gestational diabetes in Indonesia through capacity-building of health workers, community health education, and focus group discussions on improving gestational diabetes screening strategies among stakeholders.

Medic Mobile’s tools will be used by nurses and trained health workers known as kaders across community health clinics or puskesmas, in Jakarta and other cities to register pregnancies, ensure timely ANC visits, screen for gestational diabetes during pregnancy and after delivery, refer women with gestational diabetes for follow-up, and report on birth outcomes and gestational diabetes post-delivery.

With this partnership, we’re excited to bring our tools to support kaders and health systems across Indonesia. Stay tuned for more updates on this partnership and upcoming projects in Indonesia!

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