IDF Diabetes Atlas, 9 ed. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation; 2019
Diabetes is imposing large and preventable costs on already stretched healthcare systems.
Marginalised, vulnerable and underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) continue to be impacted disproportionately by diabetes and its complications. Yet responses remain under-resourced, both from domestic resources and development assistance. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) receive less than 2% of development assistance for health.
Fortunately, the global response to NCDs has gained momentum in recent years. A series of global political commitments has been made, including the:
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (which include NCDs in SDG 3)
- WHO Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of NCDs
- WHO Global Diabetes Compact
The growing burden and the lack of financing has increased the call for philanthropies to contribute more to NCD prevention and care, in alignment with national and global policies and frameworks.