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Changing Diabetes® in Pregnancy

We see gestational diabetes (GDM) as a window of opportunity to improve maternal and child health and slow down the diabetes pandemic. This is why we created the Changing Diabetes® in Pregnancy programme in 2009.

GDM is the leading cause of high blood sugar in pregnancy, affecting approximately 18 million live births1. This translates to ONE IN SEVEN live births being affected by GDM.

1 International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 7th edn. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2015.

is a mother of three young children and has type 2 diabetes. Her case is a classic story when women are not checked for high blood sugar in pregnancy.


Together with diabetes and maternal health communities, and through collaboration with professional societies, we are working to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities in addressing GDM and to improve access to diagnosis and care.

We are proud to partner with:

Project results*

4,243 healthcare professionals trained in GDM 

48,142 women screened for GDM  

4,880 women with GDM diagnosed, treated and educated 

181,296 pregnant women reached through awareness campaigns


*Based on internal reporting from project partners as of December 2016