DS10-A5: A translational randomized trial of culturally specific and cost-effective life style intervention for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in Pakistan (Pakistan Diabetes Prevention Program PDPP)

Main institution:

The Aga Khan University Hospital (Karachi, Pakistan)

Other institutions:

University of Helsinki; International Diabetes Federation

Principal investigators:

Jaweed Akhter; Asma Ahmed

Other investigators:

Romaina Iqbal; Abdul Jabbar; Shehla Zaidi;

Location of the project:

Karachi, Pakistan

Amount allocated:

USD 250.000


September 1, 2011 – September 1, 2014


  1. To implement a culturally tailored diabetes prevention program through lifestyle intervention into real life settings in communities of Ninhbinh province for three years.
  2. To evaluate the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, feasibility, acceptability and sustainability of lifestyle intervention programs by assessing changes between various groups.
  3. To check the impact of the dietary culture and city plan on incidence of obesity and diabetes.
  4. To set up a community based model of diabetes prevention by raising the public awareness of diabetes and diabetic risk factors. Also to promote healthy eating along with physical activity in the target population.