21 Oct 2010

Dr Kaushik Ramaiya, M.B.B.S., M. Med. (Int. Med.)

Dr Kaushik Ramaiya is Consultant Physician and Assistant Medical Administrator at Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Medicine of Muhimbili University of Health Sciences, Dar es Salaam.

Dr Ramaiya received his basic medical training at the University of Bombay, India, and completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Dr. Ramaiya also holds several other honorary appointments such as Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation, Hon. General Secretary of Tanzania Diabetes Association and member of the Board of the National Health Insurance Fund, Ministry of Health, Govt. of United Republic of Tanzania, and a member of the Medical Council of Tanganyika.

Dr Ramaiya has been actively involved in research on diabetes for many years. He specialised, among other topics, on glucose tolerance and cardiovascular disease risk factors and mainly focused on Hindu communities living in Africa. Dr Ramaiya greatly contributed to a better understanding of this non-communicable disease in the African region. His researches on the role of ethnic differences are of great value. Dr Ramaiya has also investigated on the status of diabetes care in Africa, the economic costs of diabetes and its consequences. He has held many oral presentations and published several article on the above topics. He has produced numerous publications on diabetes research and has implemented many initiatives and studies to put diabetes on the health agenda in Africa.

Dr Ramaiya is the Immediate Past Chair of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) African Region. He is also Honorary General Secretary for the Association of Private Hospitals in Tanzania and Honorary General Secretary for the Tanzanian Diabetic Association. Previous appointments include Secretary of the Organising Committee at the 6th Pan African Diabetes Study Group Congress, held in Dar es Salaam in 1998.

Dr Ramaiya has been in the driver’s seat and project responsible behind several WDF-funded projects in Tanzania. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the World Diabetes Foundation.

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