EVENTS ARRANGED BY AFFILIATED ASSOCIATIONS
Like many other developing countries Bangladesh was facing a great challenge to provide health care services to its vast number of diabetic population, which was increasing at an alarming rate. Decentralized health care system was absolutely required for this purpose, but public hospitals and health care centres didn't have adequate services for diabetic patients particularly in peripheral areas. Realizing the importance of decentralization Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS) initiated its Affiliated Association activities in mid-seventies with a unique model of community participation, local level leadership and autonomy, and friendly supervision and monitoring through a flexible system of affiliation.
The growth in number of Affiliated Associations was found to be slow in the beginning (5 upto 1980 and 11 upto '85). But it became highly popular movement in the last decade (46 upto '99) and by 2007 the number increased to 55. Now BADAS have 59 Affiliated Associations and 3 Sub-affiliated Associations.