EWMA 2020, 13-15 May

Change, Opportunities and Challenges - the vision of IWGDF for global diabetic foot care, management and prevention


The International Working Group  on the Diabetic Foot existing of two major bodies, the guidelines development and  the implementation & education unit like to share especially on their  implementation tasks  their global new vision and cooperation with other  international partners, reflecting the needs from the 7 cooperative regions. Europe can learn a lot from the  other  regions, knowing that 80 % of the diabetes patients are living in the low and middle income regions.

Speakers and topics:


Introduction by chair: Dr Kristien Van Acker

  • 13:50- 14:10:

When off loading is a  high priority in diabetic foot wound management, but you don’t have the access?
A cooperation  IWGDF & WHO  ties to give global solutions for the coming years for all power regions worldwide.
                                                                              Niel Baker, podiatrist, UK, Kuwait

  • 14:10-14:30:

Diabetic Foot Care in India over the last 15 years: changes, opportunities and challenges for the Indian DF study group (DFSI)
                                                                             Dr. Sanjeev Kelka, on behalf of DFSI, India               

  • 14-30-14:50:

The impact of an IWGDF- Train the Foot Trainer program in the Western Pacific Region.
Reflections from the hosting Country, Thailand.
Dr Gulapar Srisawasdi, Bangkok, Thailand

  • 14:50-15:00: Panel discussion

Wednesday 3 May, 13.45-15.00.

About IWGDF:

The International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) was founded in 1996. In 1999 the IWGDF published for the first time the International Consensus on the Diabetic Foot and Practical Guidelines on the Management and the Prevention of the Diabetic Foot.

In order to implement the International Consensus, the IWGDF recruited local champions as members of the IWDGF  and nowadays these members represent over 140 countries around the world.

The IWGDF is instrumental in acting as a consultant for implementation programmes as “the Step by Step, improving diabetic foot care in developing and low income countries”, the “Train-the-Foot-Trainer, how to set up Step by Step programme” (TtFT) programs, “the Diabetic foot care education programme for assistants” (DFCAss) and Post-graduate courses. Today we have two co- chairs:  dr Kristien Van Acker ( implementation ) & dr Nicolaas Shaper (guidance document).