The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Danish Red Cross (DRC) and Novo Nordisk have formed a partnership to tackle the growing issue of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) affecting millions of people living in humanitarian crises around the world.
The partnership is anchored by a collective vision that all people living in humanitarian crises should have access to the NCD care they need, no matter where they are.
Diabetes is one of the four major NCDs and more than 425 million people have diabetes globally.1 Due to its complexity, diabetes care can be used as an example to assess opportunities to reduce risk factors and provide care to people with NCDs in humanitarian crises. 2,3
To ensure solid data collection and evidence generation, the partnership will collaborate with academic partners led by the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
Situation analysis. Map and assess the current landscape to explore ways to reduce NCD risk factors and identify gaps in diabetes and hypertension care, as well as harness innovative approaches and technologies to optimise care in humanitarian crises.
Equipment and supply management. Ensure availability of essential medicines relevant to diabetes, for example insulin, and hypertension care. Furthermore, ensure availability of basic equipment and supplies in health facilities.
Development of field projects. Based on the outcome of the situation analysis, develop field projects to reduce risk factors for NCDs and improve care for people with diabetes and hypertension in humanitarian crises.
Monitoring and evaluation. Enhance monitoring and evaluation strategies through data management and collection, as well as knowledge sharing and alignment with other key actors.
Advocacy. Raise awareness about the importance of addressing NCDs in humanitarian crises at global, regional and local levels through joint advocacy efforts.
The ICRC helps people around the world affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence, doing everything possible to protect their dignity and relieve their suffering, often together with its Red Cross and Red Crescent partners. The ICRC also seeks to prevent hardship by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
The ICRC will contribute its expertise of humanitarian operations and response, especially on providing health care to vulnerable populations in fragile and violent settings. Together with the DRC and local partners, the ICRC will lead the implementation of field projects on the ground including identifying people in need of treatment for diabetes and hypertension through the existing network of ICRC-supported health facilities.
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The DRC supports vulnerable people to live safe and healthy lives in humanitarian and development settings as well as in Denmark. The DRC equips people with the tools they need to strengthen their resilience. The DRC supports people on both sides of a conflict and in the most remote corners of the world with a special expertise in community based health services.
The DRC will contribute its knowledge of community health outreach and capacity-building activities in humanitarian settings with a focus on prevention and management of chronic diseases. It will facilitate access to nationwide networks of civil society groups, providing relevant services in their specific local contexts. It will mobilise staff and volunteers, including health professionals, with significant experience in humanitarian operations and response.
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Novo Nordisk is building on its Access to Insulin Commitment to improve access to reliable and affordable supplies of insulin to people with diabetes living in humanitarian crises. Novo Nordisk is optimising and adapting its ordering and production procedures to better serve the needs of humanitarian organisations. This also includes sharing its knowledge of handling and distributing cold-chain products. It will share its wide experience of building-capacity to improve access to diabetes care including supporting the development of educational materials on diabetes prevention and care, for a humanitarian context. The financial contribution to the partnership amounts to 21.5 million DKK for the period of 2018–2020.
1.International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 8 ed. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation;2017.
2.World Health Organization. Global report on diabetes. World Health Organization;2016.
3.PATH. Diabetes Supplies: Are they there when needed? Seattle: PATH;2015