An ongoing initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization focuses on the development of basic procedures to improve diabetes prevention and control: the Building Blocks project. A set of diabetes care guidelines based on the Building Blocks principles resulted from a number of regional workshops involving experts in a variety of diabetes-related fields from across the Americas. These guidelines can be adapted and applied effectively depending on the health scenario – the available technical capabilities and resources – in a country or region. The scenarios described in the Building Blocks approach range from the minimal (Scenario 1) to the ideal (Scenario 3) and centre on three areas: clinical management, diabetes education, and nutrition. Felicia Cañete and Alberto Barceló report from Paraguay on the first pilot of the Building Blocks project.
guidelines, Paraguay, Misiones, Murcia, PAHO, Building Blocks, education