Diabetes Programme

About the Diabetes Programme

Mission

The mission of the WHO Diabetes Programme is to prevent diabetes whenever possible and, where not possible, to minimize complications and maximize quality of life.

Goal

The overall goal of the Diabetes Programme is to improve health through stimulating and supporting the adoption of effective measures for the surveillance, prevention and control of diabetes and its complications, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Core functions

The above goal is addressed by focusing on the following core functions. These functions are in close alignment with the core functions of WHO:

  • To oversee the development and adoption of internationally agreed standards and norms for the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, its complications and risk factors.
  • To promote and contribute to the surveillance of diabetes, its complications and mortality, and its risk factors.
  • To contribute to building capacity for the prevention and control of diabetes.
  • To raise awareness about the importance of diabetes as a global public health problem.
  • To act as an advocate for the prevention and control of diabetes in vulnerable populations.
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