World Diabetes


Subject: World Diabetes
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 18:34:18 -0500 (EST)

World Diabetes
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The launching of this newsletter marks the beginning of a new phase in the
World Health Organization (WHO) diabetes programme. Diabetes recently has
been given a high profile within a restructured Division of
Noncommunicable Diseases at WHO Headquarters, Geneva. The six WHO Regional
Offices are also paying increasing attention to diabetes. Some have set
goals and targets for prevention and control, and have prepared guidelines
for standards of care and management of diabetes.

The principal objective of the newsletter is to inform health authorities
and interested professionals of activities with which the WHO programme is
either directly, or indirectly, involved. This is in keeping with the role
of the programme, which serves as a link between the various parties
concerned with diabetes prevention and clinical management.

A recent departure from tradition at WHO has been the formation of a
consortium of supporting agencies (generally commercial enterprises) which
facilitate the work of the diabetes programme, not only financially, but
also practically and intellectually. We welcome the members of this
consortium. We also continue to enjoy the support of a global network of
30 collaborating centres, as well as close working relations with the
International Diabetes Federation (IDF). This newsletter seeks to inform
colleagues in these various orga- nizations of our current programme of

There is often uncertainty or misunderstanding about the role of WHO. As a
specialized agency of the United Nations, WHO is part of an "international
civil service". Our governing body consists of the Ministries of Health of
WHO's 190 Member States. The two principal functions of the Organization
are to provide international leadership in public health, and to advise
member governments on appropriate policies and strategies for health
promotion and disease prevention. The work of the WHO diabetes programme
currently falls under four major areas of work: epidemiol- ogy and
surveillance, education and training, development of national diabetes
programmes, and a global reference centre for definitions, standards and
information on public health aspects of diabetes.


Original posting date: 
Friday, April 3, 1998
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