Danish cash backs diabetes programme

Ei Thinzar Kyaw
Screening for diabetes and hypertension. (Photo-Ei Thinzar Kyaw)


The Ministry of Health and Sport says it will implement the "Diabetes Care Programme 2020" in cooperation with Denmark-based Novo Nordisk.

The ministry and Novo Nordisk have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the programme.

The four-year programme mainly focuses on running diabetes care and educating children, setting up the special treatment centres and conducting a nationwide survey on diabetes.

Professor Dr Ko Ko from the University of Medicine No1's Diabetes and Hormone Department said: “We will upgrade diabetes departments and open more centres. We hope to educate 2,000 doctors and nurses about diabetes during the four years. We have 40 hospitals where to open training courses. The final step is to conduct a survey on diabetes as the country has no exact data.”

Novo Nordisk, a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Denmark, will provide US$1.2 million and technical assistance for the programme. It has been providing diabetes care for more than 90 years.  

According to a survey in 2014, 10.5 per cent of the population suffers from diabetes.