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Saudi group launches diabetes awareness campaign for children

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With diabetes increasing among children in Saudi Arabia, an association has kicked off an initiative to launch an entertainment and educational camp for children with diabetes in the Eastern Province.

“We are working on the education and empowerment of children with diabetes and we work on teaching them how to live with the disease and help them integrate with the community,” Kamal Salama, the general secretary of Diabetes and Endocrine Association, told Al Riyadh Newspaper.

It is the first camp of its kind in the Kingdom attended by 500 children with their families at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Center for Science and Technology in Khobar.

Saudi Arabia is ranked third in the world in terms of the incidence of type 1 diabetes especially in children, according to Al-Iqtisadia newspaper.

“This camp is one of the goals that the association has worked on achieving in collaboration with the International Diabetes Federation,” Salama told al-Riyadh newspaper.

He noted that the kingdom is currently ranked fifth in the world and the second amongst the Gulf States in the incidence of diabetes.

He also pointed out that due to the increase in calorie intake and lack of movement, type 2 diabetes which normally affects the elderly only has started affecting children too.

The ministry of health began to create specialized centers for diabetes in all regions and governorates of the kingdom.

There are 28 centers in 13 districts and seven provinces, according to Al-iqtisadia Newspaper.