The Diabetes Centre (TDC) has taken the much-needed initiative of gathering all important and relevant stakeholders at one platform to work together for developing National Diabetes Program (NDP) for Pakistan by the end of 2020 to combat the growing menace of diabetes in the country.

TDC hosted a successful round table conference on diabetes in Islamabad inviting representatives from World Health Organization, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Government of Pakistan, Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology, Pakistan Health Research Council, National Institute of Health, Pakistan Endocrine Society, Diabetic Association of Pakistan, and Civil Society Organizations.

Public and patient representatives and top diabetologists were also in attendance. The conference was convened by CEO of TDC Dr. Baber Saeed Khan.

The current scenario regarding diabetes mellitus was discussed with latest facts and figures in the conference, and the need for a combined approach to ensure the highest level of quality care for managing diabetes mellitus in our healthcare systems was emphasized. During the conference, a brainstorming session was done to focus on the required preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative measures.

Many valuable efforts in this regard have already been made by the participating organizations on institutional, individual, agency, government, regional and international level. All those works will be gathered, reviewed and translated into a concrete and synergized plan for effective implementation in an integrated manner under NDP.

After essential deliberation, a diabetes national working group was formulated to draft guidelines for NDP. Further, it was discussed that the participating organizations will put in combined efforts for conducting localized and multi-centric research keeping in view Pakistan’s health profile along with conducting collective events on Diabetes Day.

Participants applauded TDC’s effort to pool the existing resources for the creation and implementation of a concrete and synergized plan that would have many positive social and economic impacts on individuals as well as on Pakistan’s economy.

More sessions of the round table conference are expected to be held regularly to make a rapid progress on this initiative.