Working Group on Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy


chaired by Professor Moshe Hod


Members 2015-2018:

Professor Moshe Hod - Chair, Israel 

Dr Hema Divakar - Co-Chair, India 

Dr Hector Bolatti, Argentina 

Professor Luis Cabero Roura, Spain 

Dr Gernot Desoye, Austria 

Professor Fidelma Dunne, Ireland 

Dr Anil Kapur, India

Dr Tahir Mahmood, UK 

Dr Mohamed Momtaz, Egypt 

Dr David McIntyre, Australia 

Dr Umberto Simeoni, Switzerland 

Dr Huixia Yang, China 

Professor Mark Hanson (FIGO Adolescent, Preconception and Maternal Nutrition Working Group) - Ex officio, UK 

Dr Yirgu Gebrehiwot Ferede (FIGO Officer) - Ex officio, Ethiopia

Professor Gian Carlo Di Renzo (FIGO Officer) - Ex officio, Italy 

Professor Gerard Visser (FIGO Safe Motherhood Committee) - Ex officio, Netherlands 

Dr Blami Dao (JPHIEGO), USA (collaborator) 

Professor Mary D’Alton (Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine - SMFM), USA (collaborator)

Dr Kaushik Ramaiya, International Diabetes Federation, Tanzania (collaborator)

Dr Belma Malanda, International Diabetes Federation, Belgium (collaborator)


Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy Initiative and Working Group

Duration: Gestational Diabetes Initiative 2012-2015; HIP Initiative & Working Group 2015-2018

Donor: Novo Nordisk, Perkin Elmer

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Background: Hyperglycemia in pregnancy is one of the most common medical conditions women encounter during pregnancy. It is associated with leading causes of maternal mortality, higher incidence of maternal, perinatal and neonatal morbidity, and later serious long term consequences for both mother and child. Addressing hyperglycemia in pregnancy is therefore key to reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases and reaching global Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2015 FIGO published evidence-based guidelines on the diagnosis, management and care of women with gestational diabetes. Moving its work forward, the FIGO Working Group will endeavour to disseminate and implement the guidelines by designing and developing project activities and providing technical expertise and oversight to them. The Working Group has three sub-committees which will deliver targeted activities in the areas of Advocacy, Capacity Building and Training, and Research and Implementation Science respectively.

Overall aim: Training, advocacy and evidence generation on hyperglycemia in pregnancy to reduce poor pregnancy outcomes, decrease maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, and cut future risk of diabetes and cardio-vascular disease  


Successes: Since the initiative started in 2012, we have had the following successes:

  • Assembled international group of experts to create guidance on gestational diabetes
  • Produced the first comprehensive international guidelines on GDM for healthcare workers
  • Submitted a successful application to FIGO to become an official Working Group
  • Disseminated the GDM guidelines at numerous meetings and conferences
  • Developed and disseminated further tools and materials to guide healthcare workers on hyperglycemia in pregnancy (HIP)
  • Spearheaded progress in the South Asian region through obtaining high level signatories committing to the Colombo Declaration on Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy 
  • Spearheaded progress in the European region through obtaining high level signatories committing to the Barcelona Declaration on Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy
  • Developed a range of resources (see below) aimed at assisting the dissemination and implementation of the FIGO GDM guidelines  


Upcoming events:


Presenting at the FIGO World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14-19 October 2018


FIGO’s HIP materials:

Please feel free to access and share our HIP materials.

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Initiative on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Pragmatic Guide for Diagnosis, Management, and Care (2015) 

Infographics from the above document: Gestational Diabetes (2015) / French version Spanish version / Chinese version / Bulgarian version / Greek version / Russian version

Questions and Answers on GDM document 

Press release: 'Colombo to host the 1st South Asia and Asia Pacific International Congress on Diabetes, Hypertension & Metabolic Syndrome in Pregnancy'

Press release: 'Colombo Declaration'

Colombo Declaration on HIP 

Barcelona Declarion on HIP

Latin American Declaration on HIP (and in English)

Middle East Declaration on HIP 

Powerpoint presentation on the FIGO GDM guidelines 

Powerpoint presentation on Gestational Diabetes - Diagnosis and Management 

Video: Moshe Hod - FIGO GDM Initiative on hyperglycemia in pregnancy 


Other resources:

Some of our partners have developed incredible tools on HIP as well. Here are just a few:

International Diabetes Foundation (IDF): Has a world diabetes atlas that shows country-level statistics

International Diabetes Foundation: Access World Diabetes Day (14 November 2017) resources

Novo Nordisk: Changing Diabetes® in Pregnancy website is a good resource which includes a patient story (film) from India and three one minute long animation films on GDM  

Women Deliver: A short summary film was made from the 2016 Women Deliver conference which includes a key message on diabetes in pregnancy delivered by HIP Co-Chair Hema Divakar 

Women Deliver: A catalogue of good practices including a focus on diabetes in pregnancy in their ‘Solutions Panorama’ 

Women Deliver: Diabetes in Pregnancy: An Epidemic Holding Back Progress, featuring FIGO HIP Working Group Co-Chair Hema Divakar and Member Anil Kapur

World Diabetes Foundation (WDF): Contains a number of useful global, regional and country-level tools 



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