According to a consortium of global health professionals behind the recently published “Diabetes in humanitarian crises: the Boston Declaration”, the diabetes epidemic is a massive global health failure.
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in most cases with lifestyle modification. Lifesaving treatments exist for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, although access is a problem. Type 1 diabetes is fatal without insulin therapy, and when death does occur because of access issues, it must be considered a preventable and senseless tragedy. Today millions of people do not have access to care or treatment, millions don’t even know they live with type 2 diabetes and millions still die earlier than they would with adequate information and care.
More than ever today, there is a need to reverse the lack of care for diabetes and other NCDs in humanitarian settings, say the signatories of the “Boston Declaration”.
To address these gaps, Harvard University convened a meeting in Boston (April 2019) to discuss the immediate needs and barriers to tackling diabetes in humanitarian crises, and to adopt a unified, action-oriented agenda to address this pressing global health issue. This agenda and mission is the “Boston Declaration”.