Diabetes' International Framework

The international community has recognized the problem of chronic disease and set the stage for its intervention with the WHO Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases (WHA53.17, 2000), The Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHA56.1, 2003), the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (WHA57.17, 2004) and most recently, the aforementioned Regional Strategy on Chronic Diseases (CD47/17, Rev.1).

The United Nations General Assembly recognized the burden of diabetes by adopting a resolution in D Since then, PAHO has collaborated with Central America, the Caribbean, South America and the US-Mexico border in the area of obesity and diabetes, strengthening capacity for surveillance, conducting public awareness campaigns, facilitating quality improvement strategies for chronic care, and creating task forces for specific issues, among other activities.

PAHO is also providing assistance and support to several Member States in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of evidence based clinical guidelines for the prevention and control of diabetes, the development and implementation of face to face and internet based diabetes education training programs for people with diabetes and health professionals, and the development of prevention programs as well as the analysis of policies related to diabetes and obesity.

The current proposal prioritizes results-oriented actions that Member States can take, even in resource-constrained settings, to address the challenges of obesity and diabetes.