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Diabetes & Sexual and Reproductive Health | ARROW, WDF 2012

“Gender differentials in access to healthcare, screening services and treatment make women particularly vulnerable to specific noncommunicable diseases […] Diabetes in pregnancy is a neglected issue that needs urgent global attention not only for its negative maternal and perinatal consequences, but for the potential life long disabilities it causes for woman and child.”

At the 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in October 2011, the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) co-hosted  a satellite session to discuss the “missing links” between diabetes and sexual and reproductive health. The discussions and working papers presented at the satellite session were synthesized in this joint report, “Diabetes: A Missing Link to Achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Asia-Pacific Region.”

The report includes the following sections:

  • Context, Scale, and Burden of Disease – discusses the disproportionate impact of diabetes among women, diabetes during pregnancy, and strategies in women’s health to reduce diabetes burden
  • Understanding Gestational Diabetes Mellitus – including risk factors, maternal and fetal effects of diabetes, and health system strategies for disease management and prevention
  • Diabetes & Sexuality: A Missing Link – discusses the gender face of sexuality and diabetes, issues of heteronormativity, and limited and gender-blind response of health providers in this space
  • Diabetes & Sexual and Reproductive Health – presents clinical and policy recommendations which address the question, “What can we do to better the lives of women?”