Global leaders respond to diabetes epidemic

Over 120 world leaders from the UN, governments, private sector and NGOs have released a blueprint for action around the diabetes epidemic. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that unless rapid action is taken, one person in ten will have diabetes by 2030.

The Dubai Blueprint was coordinated by IDF during its World Diabetes Congress in Dubai and contains a Declaration based around the unique contributions the private sector can make in the following areas:

• Production: Produce and promote healthy foods, including taking action to reformulate products, follow labelling standards and reduce salt in the food industry;

• Responsible marketing: Implement WHO recommendations to reduce marketing of unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children;

• Employment: Promote workplace wellness, including establishing tobacco-free workplaces, healthy working environments, and health insurance plans;

• Innovation: Improve access and affordability for medicines and technologies.

Download the Blueprint and further details available here