oa Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa - The 2012 SEMDSA Guideline for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes : editorial

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9677
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1009



Much has been written recently about the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the recent United Nations High Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases in September 2011 served to highlight a call to action globally. One hundred and ninety-three Member States, with 34 Heads of State (including our own President), adopted the historic Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control. This is the first ever Political Declaration on NCD, and includes 22 commitments to which governments worldwide must now be held accountable. Importantly for people with diabetes mellitus (diabetes), the Declaration commits governments to increasing access to affordable, safe, effective and quality-assured medicines and technologies. Diagnostics are equally as important as medicines for people with diabetes. Crucially, the Declaration commits governments to improve diagnostic services, including by increasing capacity of laboratory services, and collaboration with the private sector to improve affordability, accessibility and maintenance of diagnostic equipment and technologies. The central role that people with diabetes and NCDs play is made clear in the Declaration. It commits governments to a nationally driven and comprehensive response to NCDs, with the full and active participation of people living with the diseases. It also acknowledges the importance of health literacy and patient empowerment in care, and the role of patient organisations in the provision of NCD services.

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