August 2, 2022
Despite recent global efforts to address the diabetes pandemic, the number of people living with diabetes is at an all-time high, reaching an estimated 537 million people in 2021. The projections are stark, with most countries off-track to achieve the World Health Organization (WHO) target of 0% increase in diabetes prevalence by 2025.
To accelerate progress on diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), WHO has developed an Implementation Roadmap that includes diabetes recommendations and a set of diabetes coverage targets for the period 2023-30. The targets were adopted at the 75th World Health Assembly (23-29 May, 2022) and will guide Member State action on diabetes in the coming years.
The WHO targets are:
- Target 1: 80% of people with diabetes are diagnosed
- Target 2: 80% of people diagnosed have a good control of glycaemia
- Target 3: 80% of people diagnosed have a good control of blood pressure
- Target 4: 60% of people with diabetes over 40 years receive statins
- Target 5: 100% of people with T1D have access to affordable insulin treatment and blood glucose self-monitoring
We spoke with Prof Stephen Colagiuri, Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), about the potential of these targets to improve the lives of people living with diabetes over the next decade.