The global response to diabetes: action or apathy?

Ruth Colagiuri, Katie Dain and Judi Moylan
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (10): 581-583. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01135


  • Diabetes and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for over 60% of the world's annual deaths, untold personal suffering, and an economically crippling burden of lost productivity.
  • Despite the body of evidence and various calls to action, historically, the global response has bordered on apathy.
  • Although diabetes and related NCDs remain disproportionately underfunded, the United Nations now recognises them as a major challenge to human and economic development, resulting in an action-oriented policy, frameworks and monitoring requirements that are being driven by the UN and the World Health Organization.
  • Australia is at the forefront of many of these initiatives and is currently developing a new national diabetes strategy.

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  • Ruth Colagiuri1
  • Katie Dain2
  • Judi Moylan3

  • 1 Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 NCD Alliance, London, UK.
  • 3 Diabetes Australia, Canberra, ACT.

Competing interests:

Ruth Colagiuri is an immediate past vice-president of the IDF and led the development and writing of A call to action on diabetes (2010) and the Global Diabetes Plan 2011–2021 (2011).


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