Improving access to care

The challenge of diabetes now touches every country of the world and disproportionately affects people in resource-poor settings. In low- and middle-income countries, where 80% of people with diabetes live[1], the level of awareness of the condition remains low in spite of the growing burden. Diabetes care is hindered by limited healthcare capacity and shortage of healthcare professionals who can diagnose and effectively treat diabetes. Lack of a steady supply of diabetes medicines and equipment is also among the barriers to effective diabetes care.

As a global healthcare company, providing approximately half of the world’s insulin, Novo Nordisk has a responsibility to help close the gap in access to diabetes care. For more than fifteen years we have been working with partners to improve access to care. 

See our Position on access to diabetes care


Initiatives to improve access to care


Access to Insulin Commitment

A commitment to always having a low-cost insulin in our product portfolio.

About our commitment


No Empty Shelves

Addressing the barriers to access to affordable essential medicines and technologies for diabetes in low- and middle-income countries.

About No Empty Shelves


Reaching the Base
of the Pyramid

An initiative by Novo Nordisk and partners to facilitate access to diabetes care.

About reaching the Base of the Pyramid


Changing Diabetes®
in Children

Changing the future for children with type 1 diabetes in low and middle income countries.

About Changing Diabetes® in Children


Changing Diabetes®
in Pregnancy

An opportunity to improve maternal and child health and slow down the diabetes pandemic.

About Changing Diabetes® in Pregnancy


World Diabetes Foundation

The World Diabetes Foundation aims at alleviating human suffering related to diabetes in developing countries.

About World Diabetes Foundation


Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation

The Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation is a grant-making non-profit organisation.

About Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation


Global Access to Diabetes Care Strategy


Fact card: access to care

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Our position on access to diabetes care

Read our position here