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Sanofi Recognizes Mexican Advances in the Treatment of Diabetes

By Miriam Bello | Tue, 03/22/2022 - 11:30

Sanofi named the four main winners of its Diabetes and Cardio Award-Tailored to Mexico, an initiative to raise awareness and improve the lives of people living with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Thanks to this initiative “it will be possible to recognize the genius of Mexicans dedicated to healthcare, who are helping to have better control of chronic non-communicable diseases,” said José Escalera, Manager of Public Affairs and Advocacy of the General Medicines Unit, Sanofi.

This award was developed to recognize outstanding work by the general public, clinics, institutions, doctors, educators, nutritionists, community leaders or any person in the development of integrative solutions that encourage awareness, prevention or access to medicines. Sanofi’s award also recognizes the use of technology in the provision of comprehensive care for people living with a chronic non-communicable disease such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease.

The initiative aimed to alleviate Mexico’s high mortality rates associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In 2021, 92.4 percent of total deaths were caused by diseases and health-related problems. Of these, the leading causes of death were heart disease with 20.8 percent, COVID-19 with 15.9 percent and diabetes mellitus with 14.6 percent.

The four categories of the award were:

Better Practices

Awarded to Fernando Potes for the project “Comprehensive Health for Patients with Congenital Heart Disease in a Situation of Economic Vulnerability.” The second place was awarded to Javier Armando Lozano Garza and Omar Meza Ledezma for their “Membership Model and one-stop-shop in Diabetes.”

Technology and Innovation

Awarded to Alejandra Almeida Velasco and Jaime Ponce Águila for the project “Transforming Diabetes with Mobile Technology.” Victoria Rajme Haje received second place for the project “Comprehensive Management Plan for Patients with Diabetes and their Families.”

Dissemination of Information and Education

Mijail Alejandro Tapia Moreno received first place for the Youtube Channel “Dr. Mikhail Tapia.” And Lubia Velázquez López was awarded second place for the educational site “I Understand My Diabetes.”

Counseling and Guidance for Patients

Ruth Dinorah Vélez Braunschweiger received first place for the “Day by Day with Diabetes” program. Second place was awarded to Daniela Alvarado Valdés for her “Cardiometabolic Diseases Program.”

The evaluation committee included recognized Mexican institutions such as FunSalud, INCMNSZ and INCar . Along with the Internal Medicine College of Mexico, The Mexican Academy of Surgery, National Academy of Medicine, National Association of Cardiologists, National Association of General and Family Practitioners, National Regulatory Committee of General Medicine, Heart Patients, Mexican Society of Cardiology and the Mexican Society of Nutrition and Endocrinology.

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst