Diabetes Compass

100 years ago, the discovery of insulin revolutionised the treatment of diabetes. 

Today, technology is driving change in healthcare. 

Diabetes Compass is a commitment to improve the quality of diabetes care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by leveraging emerging digital solutions.




Developed through local partnerships, with and for frontline healthcare professionals, the Diabetes Compass offers digital support to health workers, enabling timely, quality diabetes care for patients in LMICs.



Nearly 350 million people in LMICs live with diabetes, and 77% do not receive adequate care. If diagnosed early enough, diabetes is manageable. Yet many healthcare professionals in LMICs lack the skills and resources to prevent, diagnose and treat diabetes patients. 


The diabetes compass will provide simple, free guidance and resources to help healthcare professionals perform common diabetes care activities and overcome everyday challenges. These resources and tools will be developed jointly with the users based on an understanding of their lived experiences. The Diabetes Compass will tailor content to the local and unique environments of healthcare professionals to help them effectively navigate the diabetes care journey.

  • Who are the target users? 
    Health Care Practitioners (HCPs) who act as the first points of contact for patients. This includes general practitioners (GPs), nurses and community health workers who provide primary care for patients, assess newly admitted patients, and support preventive efforts and early detection of diabetes. 
  • What kind of resources will the Diabetes Compass include? 
    The Diabetes Compass will include simple useful guidance, performance support resources and clinical decision support tools. These will be evidence-based and developed in close collaboration with local experts and end-users.  
    Specific resources and tools will be created after the main diabetes care tasks and common challenges experience by frontline healthcare workers in each country have been defined.  All resources and tools will be tailored to the needs of the HCP’s job role and can be personalised to fit the specific performance support needs of each user.  
    Among other resources, the Diabetes Compass will include simple ‘how to’ guides, patient dialogue tools, short videos, podcasts, FAQs, and a peer support function to help facilitate communities of practice.  HCPs interested in more formal learning can link from the Diabetes Compass to a portfolio of reputable diabetes-related courses in which they can enrol. 
  • How does this differ from other e-Learning platforms targeting diabetes HCPs? 
    The Diabetes Compass is not a curriculum or a library of courses. It is a tool to support HCPs as they navigate the care journey together with their patients. It will be personalised to the needs and interests of the individual and values HCPs as partners in the development and continuous improvement process. 
    The Diabetes Compass will focus on every day, real-life problems facing HCPs in resource constrained settings. It aims to reach HCPs who are not effectively reached through existing capability building programmes.  In this way it aims to be a useful partner for HCPs in their everyday work.
  • Who is leading the Diabetes Compass initiative? 
    WDF is responsible for the management, development, promotion, and implementation of the Diabetes Compass.
  • Who is funding the Diabetes Compass initiative? 
    Novo Nordisk A/S and the Novo Nordisk Foundation are supporting the Diabetes Compass through a joint 100 million DKK donation. 
  • Will the digital solution be free to use?
    Yes - the Diabetes Compass will be free for all users.
  • When will the Diabetes Compass digital solution be ready for implementation? 
    The roll-out is expected to take place in early 2022, although the exact timeline may be subject to change due to COVID-19 and other uncertainties.
  • Where will the Diabetes Compass initially be rolled out? 
    The Diabetes Compass has global ambitions, but will launch in a limited number of LMICs. These launch countries will act as innovators and incubators, generating learnings as we work to take the initiative to scale in future years. The launch countries will be selected based on close dialogue between WDF and our local partners in countries where there is strong demand for technology-enabled solutions that address barriers to diabetes care. 
How can I learn more?

For more information, contact Michael Calopietro, Head of Digital Health Solutions, World Diabetes Foundation

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