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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 178-179

Diabetes awareness through religious leaders


President, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Date of Web Publication27-Feb-2013

Correspondence Address:
A. K Azad Khan
President, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.107879

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Khan AA. Diabetes awareness through religious leaders. Indian J Endocr Metab 2013;17:178-9

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Khan AA. Diabetes awareness through religious leaders. Indian J Endocr Metab [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 May 31];17:178-9. Available from: http://www.ijem.in/text.asp?2013/17/1/178/107879

Sir,

Type 2 diabetes is escalating at an alarming rate in the Indian Subcontinent and in many other developing countries. But the condition is largely preventable. Many developed countries have been able to arrest this epidemic. Finland is a shining example. In this subcontinent, religious leaders can play an effective role in creating mass awareness for prevention of type 2 DM and other Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Bangladesh is a secular country and more than 88% of its population are Muslims. We have several meetings with religious and opinion leaders like the Chief Imam of large Mosques and Principals of the Govt. accredited Madrasas in Bangladesh. They all agreed to help our mission for prevention of diabetes and other NCDs. The Imams also helped us to compose a religious sermon (Khutba) for Friday congregation. We have already appealed to the Imams for distributing it to different Mosques. We are also taking the help of our Affiliated Associations (almost one at each of the 64 districts) to persuade the Imams of the district headquarters to use this at Friday sermon. We also contacted Priests of Churches, Hindu Temples (Ram Krishna Mission), and Buddhist Temples (Buddha Bihar) for assistance. They all have agreed to help us. Govt. of Bangladesh is now in the process of finalizing a draft for the National Policy for Prevention of type 2 DM. The Govt. is also considering religious leaders as a part of the policy. We seek your help for disseminating this through your esteem Journal. We have the English version of this Khutba which we are glad to share with anybody who may like to use it.




 

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