Global Changing Diabetes Leadership Forum – Urgent need of worldwide change in diabetes care

Date: 12-14 March 2007
Location: Jumeirah Essex House, 160 Central Park South, New York

Diabetes could become the worst pandemic of the 21st century. Today, already more than 230 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number increases by 7 million people every year, killing as many people as HIV/AIDS. At the present rate, this number may grow to more than 380 million people within 20 years.

Action has to be taken now! There is an urgent need to change the course of diabetes by redefining healthcare and focus on the needs of people with diabetes.

Novo Nordisk is therefore hosting the Global Changing Diabetes Leadership Forum, taking place on 12-14 March 2007 in New York. This event is based on an invitation-only format.

This Forum is supported by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and is the most recent initiative taken by Novo Nordisk to call for a worldwide change in diabetes care.

During the Forum, participants will also explore the different ways to implement the recently adopted United Nations Resolution on diabetes.

Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Global Changing Diabetes Leadership Forum.

The Forum will be a provocative dialogue on redefining healthcare focusing on the needs of people with diabetes, and will involve 150 politicians, senior representatives of governments, international organisations, patient organisations, healthcare professionals, academia and media from more than 18 countries.

A distinguished faculty representing the above-mentioned sectors has been invited to share their insights and engage in a Socratic Dialogue around the concepts described last year by Harvard Professors Michael E Porter and Elizabeth Teisberg in their book Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results. To see the full list of faculty members engaged in the Socratic Dialogue, click here.

Professor Elizabeth Teisberg will be attending the Forum and share her thoughts on the importance of focusing on the needs of patients over the full cycle of care – from prevention and diagnosis through recovery to long-term disease management.

A joint IDF and Novo Nordisk ‘Commitment and press briefing’ will take place on 14 March 2007, at 09.30-11.00. This briefing will be open to journalist and patient organisations who have not attended the previous day.

A detailed programme will be available soon.

For further information please contact:
Media Liaison Manager
Markela Dedopoulos
Tel: (+45) 3079 4137

A Global Changing Diabetes Leadership Forum toolkit will be avaliable shortly.


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The projects funded by the World Diabetes Foundation will in the coming 3-4 years potentially influence, directly or indirectly, the diabetes treatment of 72 million people in the developing countries.