Documenting Diabetes in Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes — diabetes in pregnancy — affects 1 in 7 pregnant women. And the vast majority of women affected live in low-and middle-income countries.

Solutions exist to address this problem, and yet diabetes in pregnancy remains overlooked as a major health priority.

Diabetes in Pregnancy Photo Contest

Together with the World Diabetes Foundation, Women Deliver launched a photo contest to show the real face of diabetes in pregnancy and call on decision makers to address this issue.

Photographers from around the world submitted photos from China, India, and Nigeria — some of the highest burden countries — that tell the story of someone who’s been impacted by diabetes during pregnancy.

View the inspiring photos of women, children, and healthcare workers:

Winner: Nimai Chandra Ghosh, India
A diabetic mother is feeding her first child, also she is pregnant for a second time.
(L) A diabetic pregnant mother with her other children in a happy mood. (R) A group of diabetic mothers in a jovial mood.
(L) A diabetic pregnant is very happy with her other children. (R) A new born baby of a diabetic mother.
(L) A mother who is also diabetic is with her new born. (R) Diabetic pregnant women are listening to health worker.
(L) A health worker is examining a diabetic pregnant woman. (C) Diabetic pregnant mothers are listening to a health worker. (R) A pregnant diabetic woman of Kolkata slum area.
Winner: Amitava Chandra, India
The health-worker in a rural health-care clinic, is taking the care of a pregnant women against any diabetic-complexity, by way of providing with preventive measures. Many such would-be mothers do require that attention, for which the small clinics in rural-sector do address a large number of populations.
Winner: Supriya Biswas, India
Women with unmanaged diabetes in pregnancy run a higher risk of having infants with excessive birth weight, or Macromedia, which can lead to complications such as obstructed labor and an increased risk for maternal and newborn death and disabilities. — In this picture poor old age doctor to treat these young diabetes patients also their new born baby.
Diabetes patients and poor lady doctor.
1.5 million People, or one third of Kolkata city at India population, live in the railway track slums. More than 80% of the population living in the railway track slums are poor, illiterate and lack access to proper health care including diabetes care. A survey shows that 24% of Kolkata’s slum dwellers suffer from diabetes. The prevalence of GDM among pregnant women in urban India is about 16.8% — knowing this, it is safe to assume that the prevalence of gestational diabetes among pregnant women in Kolkata’s slum areas is on the increase. When pregnant women in Kolkata’s slums develop GDM, they do not get proper care and treatment; the ultimate result is high rate of maternal mortality and morbidity in the slum areas. The goal is to create awareness about diabetes and gestational diabetes among the under-privileged women living in the Kolkata slum areas. The project will promote healthy lifestyle as well as screen pregnant women and women at risk and counsel them on management of diabetes. Adequate antenatal care should be given to the pregnant ladies for early identification and controlling the problem to avoid complications. Thereby the huge health expenditure for diabetes can be minimized. Death by train may be quick and considerably less frequent, but it’s the silent and long-term health risks that are more lethal for adults and children living in such conditions. Here poor old age doctor busy for treated these poor gestational diabetes patient on railway rickey track.
(L) Doctor busy at diabetes check up. (R) Joy.
(L) Diabetes patients and their happy mood. (R) Here, diabetes woman and her six children affected by diabetes.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Radha Saini, India
  • Smita Sharma, India
  • Sudipto Das, India
  • Rajesh Jain, India
  • Rosemary Ogu, Nigeria
  • Mohammed Bayero Yayandi, Nigeria
  • Bridget Okeke, Nigeria

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