The World Diabetes Federation (WDF) celebrates dr. Indah S. Widyahening’s PhD efforts to address diabetes care and prevention in Indonesia coincide with the celebration of Kartini Day 2022.
Since 2006, dr. Indah has been involved in several nationwide diabetes projects in Indonesia. She has helped develop the guidelines for primary care physicians, a model for diabetes management in primary healthcare, and training healthcare professionals in the management of diabetes and capacity building in communities.
“Patient, family and community empowerment is crucial in managing a lifestyle disease like diabetes. This nomination will greatly support our effort to strengthen the role of primary health care in diabetes prevention and management.”
While working with WDF, dr. Indah has demonstrated notable professionalism, dedication and knowledge. Through her work at the Department of Community Medicine, she has led various research and community development projects, including operational research on hyperglycaemia and pregnancy as well as the dual diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) and diabetes.
In 2020, dr. Indah joined SEAMEO RECFON’s family as the manager of Research Unit and has since expanded her diabetes care and prevention efforts by promoting healthy behavior from an early setting: school-based nutrition intervention. She is currently working on a project grant from The Lown Scholars Program, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health entitled The Effect of a School-based Nutrition Intervention to Promote Healthy Eating Behavior among Adolescents in Indonesia.