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 – July 1, 2017


1. To implement culturally tailored diabetes prevention program through lifestyle intervention into real life settings for two years. This would be done through educating the community to change their unhealthy eating practices and adopt healthy eating and lifestyle practices based on information from the households. 

2. To test the cost effectiveness, feasibility, sustainability and acceptability at the end of the two year implementation of the project using randomized controlled trial design.

3. To check the impact of dietary culture and city plan (in terms of parks) on prevalence of obesity and diabetes.


World Diabetes Congress, Vancouver (Canada), December 2015