Ministry of Health signs LoU with Danish pharma for national
education program on diabetes
Chitral Times Report
The Ministry of National Health Services, Government of
Pakistan has signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) with Danish
pharma company Novo Nordisk Pakistan to improve awareness and
education on diabetes. The long-term mutual strategic cooperation
aims to improve the current and future diagnosis, treatment and
care of people with diabetes in Pakistan, and ultimately preventing
the debilitating complications of this disease.
The LoU was signed at a special signing ceremony held at the
Ministry of National Health Services and was attended by Saira
Afzal Tarar, Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and
Coordination, Mr. Rana Azfar Zafar, GM Novo Nordisk Pakistan, Ms.
Helle Nielsen, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Denmark and
other senior government officials.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that Diabetes is a
major non-communicable disease across the world and specifically in
Pakistan. Currently Pakistan has 7 million people with diabetes
that makes it 8th largest diabetic population in the world. There
was an urgent need to create awareness amongst the population to
prevent the disease, said the Minister.
She informed that a dedicated Non-Communicable Disease Cell was
working in the Ministry of National Health Services focusing on
Diabetes among other disease. Under the LoU, a National Action Plan
for Diabetes Prevention and Control will be developed with focus on
She said in order to deliver on the objective of the cooperation;
two focus areas for cooperation will be focused: Improvement of
access of patients to diabetes treatment, Education of healthcare
professionals and patients. She said a taskforce on Diabetes will
be formed which will consist of members from both Ministry, the
Danish Pharma Company along with key stakeholders from across the
country to take these steps forward.
On the occasion, Mr. Zafar acknowledged the Ministry of National
Health Services efforts to increase focus on non-communicable
diseases, especially on changing diabetes. Through this strategic
cooperation, we will increase awareness regarding this silent
killer. Unless, our society is not educated more on how to prevent
and manage diabetes, including having access to treatment, 10
people will continue to die from diabetes every hour in Pakistan”,
said Mr. Zafar.
Ms. Helle Nielsen said that the “collaboration between the leading
Danish firm in diabetes and the Government of Pakistan is an
excellent example of a public-private partnership with a common
goal. The common goal is to strengthen the diabetes health care
system in Pakistan through awareness and quality care."
Both partners will also work together to assist in improving access
of patients to diabetes treatment, which includes planning to
create and implement the National Diabetes Action Plan and right
models to increase access of patients to nationwide treatment
through mutual cooperation with relevant organizations.