For 2017, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, in her foreword to the World Report on Diabetes, notes a few points:
- Diabetes is on the rise.
- The disease has largely ceased to affect wealthy countries.
- Lack of effective policies to create an environment conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
- Lack of access to good healthcare.
- Lack of attention to diabetes prevention and treatment, especially in the case of low-income people.
- If this is not taken care of, there will be serious consequences for health and well-being.
- Devastating economic impact at all levels in the absence of treatment and prevention.
- cost of insulin
- commitment of social leaders
“It is a daunting task and that is why I welcome the publication of the World Diabetes Report, the first of its kind. The report makes an important contribution to furthering our understanding of diabetes and its impact. It also helps gain insight into the prevalence of diabetes, the role of hyperglycemic states (including diabetes) in premature mortality, and the steps governments are taking to prevent and control the disease.”, Chan pointed.
In conclusion, he said: “I urge readers to help me see that the results of this report are used and the recommendations put into practice so that I may ultimately slow the development of diabetes.”
Now, five years later, figures are mounting and commitments have not been met