Dr Jafry heads to Agrex’10

tahseenDr Tahseen Jafry, a lecturer in Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of the Built and Natural Environment, is presenting a paper on rural women in agriculture at the International Conference On Agricultural Extension 2010.

The AGREX’10 conference takes place in Malaysia and focuses on the “Empowerment of agri-food stakeholders in facing global challenges towards sustainability”. 

Dr Jafry’s paper is on “Reaching rural women: Understanding what is gender sensitive in agricultural extension” and is part of a session on Agro Community, Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development.

The conference provides a platform for learning and discussion on agricultural extension among local and foreign experts on agriculture extension and practitioners, and facilitates co-operation among key agri-food stakeholders in the area of agricultural extension and development.

Diabetes levels rising warns Diabetes UK

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has increased by more than 150,000 to 2.8 million in the past year, warns Diabetes UK today.Oman

The data, collected from GP practices, also show the nationwide figure of people registered as obese to have risen to over five and half million, an increase of more than 265,000. This now means one in 20 of the population is being treated for diabetes and one in ten for obesity.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been granted £20,000 from the Scottish Government’s South Asia Development Fund to deliver a programme in the management of diabetic foot disease in India that could prevent diabetes related limb amputations. Our Podiatry experts are training phsyicians in India next month.

We also have Masters level programmes in Diabetes Care and Management.

Give the Applied Knowledge Exchange a ring on 0141 331 3189 to talk about our diabetes expertise.

SDI highlights GCU’s link with India

Scottish Development International has detailed the new education links between GCU and India which were announced by First Minister Alex Salmond.

“Scotland is renowned for its world class education system and I warmly welcome these new commitments to share knowledge, expertise and skills with India,” said the First Minister.

“We have global strengths in key industries such as life sciences, energy, financial and business services, the digital gaming industry and information technology and we are keen to learn from the dynamic growth and specialism in Indian Universities.”

One of the partnerships between Glasgow Caledonian University and Indian institutions aims to prevent unnecessary suffering through diabetes-related limb amputations. Find out more…

The move follows a MoU that was brokered by SDI one year ago today between the Association of Indian Universities and Universities Scotland, as part of Scotland’s approach to work alongside the new global super power.

GCU launches diabetic foot disease programme in India

AlexSalmond2-177x177Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been granted £20,000 from the Scottish Government’s South Asia Development Award to deliver a programme in the management of diabetic foot disease in India that could prevent diabetes related limb amputations.

GCU’s Strategic Business Development team – the Applied Knowledge Exchange  – facilitated a bid with experts from the School of Health to access grant funding for the development of a training programme for physicians providing diabetic care in Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.

Diabetic foot disease accounts for more than 50% of non traumatic limb amputations.  Early detection of the disease may prevent amputation and the programme will provide clinicians with the necessary skills to identify diabetic foot disease at an early stage. The World Health Organisation (WHO) now classes diabetes in India as a pandemic, affecting approximately 50 million people.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies, is in India today (October 12) to sign an agreement with Dr. Sneh Bhargava, Medical Director of the Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research in New Delhi for delivery of the project, witnessed by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, and Kapil Sabal, who is India’s Minister for Human Resource Development.

Similar partnerships have been forged with the MV Hospital for Diabetes and Diabetes Research in Chennai, Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai and Max Health Care, also in Delhi, to deliver the programme in other parts of the country.

The First Minister said, “I am delighted to join the Minister of Human Resource Development to welcome this important new partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University and Sitaram Bhartia, one of four partners involved in the programme. The Scottish Government is proud to support this project to share Scottish expertise to make a real difference to the quality of the lives of thousands of people in India.” 

Glasgow Caledonian University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Pamela Gillies, said, “Our partners in India are very important to us and we are very privileged indeed to be working with our esteemed Indian colleagues on this groundbreaking initiative to help prevent unnecessary suffering through diabetes related limb amputations. The support of the Scottish Government and Scottish Development International will allow us to share our podiatric expertise with doctors around India, building capacity in a sustainable way that will transform lives.”

For more information, contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange.