WHO adopts new diabetes targets

WHO has adopted new targets for the fight against diabetes. For this reason, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) – Europe, together with the Associação Protetora dos Diabéticos de Portugal (APDP) and the Portuguese Diabetes Society (SPD), publicly thanked this action taken at the 75th World Health Assembly. . At stake are 5 goals, ranging from improvements in diagnosis to access to insulin therapy to self-monitoring of glucose, which had already been proposed to the Portuguese Ministry of Health.

We believe that the adoption of these goals will provide a strong enough direction for countries to act effectively in the fight against diabetes over the next decade.“, Says José Manuel Boavida, President of the APDP and Member of the IDF-Europe Board.

The adoption of the WHO recommendations comes one year after the launch of the Global Diabetes Compact, which seeks to respond to the diabetes epidemic by reducing the risk and ensuring that all people diagnosed with diabetes have affordable treatment and care. .”, Explains João Filipe Raposo, President of the SPD, who participated in the preparation of this reference document.

The WHO’s 75th World Health Assembly approved the following 5 diabetes goals to be achieved by 2030:

  • 80% of people with diabetes are diagnosed;
  • 80% of people with diabetes have good glycemic control;
  • 80% of people with diabetes have good blood pressure control;
  • 60% of people with diabetes 40 years and older receive statin therapy;
  • 100% of people with type 1 diabetes have access to insulin treatment and self-monitoring of glucose.

Achieving the goals of diagnosis, glycemic control and blood pressure control and access to statin therapy will allow the prevention of the consequences of diabetes and thus help improve the quality of life for most of the 643 million people estimated to have diabetes worldwide.“, explains José Manuel Boavida and adds:”Efforts to achieve the goal of 100% access to insulin therapy and glucose self-monitoring, for example, will help prevent deaths due to inadequate access to essential care that people with type 1 diabetes need, especially in Africa.”.

For João Filipe Raposo “These WHO goals provide an excellent opportunity to improve the lives of people living with diabetes today and anyone who wants to develop diabetes in the future.”. If current trends continue, it is estimated that by 2045 there will be more than 780 million people with diabetes worldwide.

Achieving the goals defined by the WHO will also make it possible to reduce the costs that diabetes represents for the health systems that the IDF estimates to have been almost $ 966 billion during 2021. The goals can only be achieved if the countries dedicates human resources and adequate resources. funds both to act on diabetes and to monitor the progress of the actions”Explains Luís Gardete Correia, former Vice President of IDF Global.

It is 100 years since the first use of insulin, but these organizations believe that action to change the global course of diabetes is still long overdue. The APDP, the SPD and the IDF themselves are available to support the Portuguese Government in achieving the goals set by the WHO, which have already been proposed to the Ministry of Health.

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