FROM VISION TO ACTION
In spite of the adoption of UN Resolution 61/225, and the growing recognition worldwide that diabetes is epidemic and a serious barrier to economic development, diabetes programmes for prevention and care in many countries remain grossly underfunded. This chapter looks at action taken at the international level to assist countries meet the challenges of providing a healthcare system that could tackle the burgeoning problem of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.
This section puts diabetes within the framework of non-communicable diseases and points out that 60% of all deaths worldwide is caused by diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease. It underlines the need for public and private partnerships that could save millions of lives through cost-effective solutions that exist. It highlights the support of the International Diabetes Federation and other international health organizations for the WHO Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, and their call to the international community to take specific measures.
This section also identifies the direction and steps that the International Diabetes Federation will take in the next three years to win the battle against diabetes. It emphasizes the Federation's call to the international community to fund essential medicines and technology, and to meet requests from low- and middle-income countries to strengthen their healthcare systems. It describes a series of programmes that the Federation will continue to undertake to assist governments, civil society and the healthcare community to fully implement the goals of UN Resolution 61/225.