National Childhood Diabetes Program Activities in Turkey

Hatun S.

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL RESEARCH IN PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY, vol.7, no.1, pp.1-6, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier


Recent census figures in Turkey show that out of a population of 76,6 million, 22,7 million (293%) are younger than 18 years old, The great majority (>95%) of pediatric cases of diabetes in Turkey are type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). In recent years, with increase in number of pediatric endocrine centers around the county, the important issue of care for diabetic children and adolescents has been revived and major steps have been taken for improvement in pediatric care and its outreach to all diabetic children. The Childhood Diabetes Group continues its activities in cooperation with the Turkish Ministry of Health. A list of areas of interest of the Group include "School programs' 'Incidence/prevalence studies and national registry system", "Educational guidelines for diabetes in children", 'Increasing the numbers of camps and summer schools for diabeticchildren", "Organization of educational programs for the health team", "National guidelines for transition of diabetic children to adult clinics", "Improvement of school canteens", "Educational spots" to improve awareness of diabetes. The activities of the Childhood Diabetes Group will be discussed in detail in this article.