Palestine National Diabetes Programme - Phase II, WDF20-1767

Palestine National Diabetes Programme - Phase II, WDF20-1767

To scale up a national level programme with a comprehensive approach to diabetes prevention and access for poor and vulnerable segments of the Palestinian population.


WDF20-1767 is based on outcomes of a successful first stage national programme (WDF15-1304), both in terms of care delivery and established network of relevant stakeholders.


The programme seeks to sustain, replicate and refine the models hitherto applied, and roll out and expand interventions using a large-scale, comprehensive approach, targeting the primary care level. Moreover, the programme will work to enhance focus on hyperglycaemia in pregnancy and nutrition, as well as scale up current eye and foot care.



The programme is considered integral to the Palestinian Ministry of Health’s (PMoH) national non-communicable disease (NCD) response. Activities include:

  1. Strengthen the PMoH National Committee on NCDs to gain further political mandate and capacity.
  2. Upgrade new and sustain established model clinics and strategically located intermediate-level clinics through enhanced implementation of protocols and provision of equipment, including availability of HbA1c testing at both PMoH and UNRWA facilities.
  3. Build capacity of health care professionals (HCPs) based on national protocols within diabetes care and prevention, including use of hyperglycaemia in pregnancy (HIP) protocols, foot and eye care.
  4. Provide comprehensive care and diabetes education; screening and referrals of related complications incl. specialised treatment/counselling in coordination with partners, community health clinics and mobile clinic.
  5. Roll out community awareness and screening campaigns focusing on refugee women and high-risk patients.
  6. Implement monitoring and evaluation framework at all levels of the intervention; incl. clinical reviews of registered patients; framework based on indicators of achievement and on new electronic patient registry at targeted PMoH clinics.


Expected results

  • 7 model centres and 14 intermediate clinics equipped and functioning
  • 500 HCPs trained through targeted clinics and hospitals; 25 nurses receive specialised diploma training from SDCC.
  • 20,000 T2DM patients; 500 HIP patients; 300 T1DM patients treated and receiving follow-up consultations at targeted clinics.
  • 6,000 screened for retinopathy; 6,000 screened for foot complications.
  • 1,500 pre-diabetes refugee women educated on healthy lifestyle.
  • At least 25,000 high-risk population screened; incl. 10,000 refugees
  • At least 50,000 people sensitised on lifestyle modification and diabetes prevention; incl. 20,000 students and 500 teachers educated.
  • Estimated 2 million people reached through mass media awareness.

Project information

Project nr.: 
Project Status: 
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Middle East and North Africa
Palestinian Ministry of Health (PMoH)
Juzoor for Health and Social Development
Project responsible: 
Mr. Amer Khader
Project period: 
2020 to 2023
Project budget: 
USD 2,823,796.51
WDF contribution: 
USD 749,261.51

Expected results

  • 7 model - and 14 intermediate clinics equipped
  • 500 health care professionals trained
  • 20,000 type 2 diabetes patients treated
  • 25,000 high risk population screened
  • 50,000 people sensitised on diabetes prevention
  • … and more