Integrated prevention and control of diabetes in rural China

Partnership objectives

To formulate a comprehensive intervention as a practical model for diabetes prevention and management in rural China, so as to curb the prevalence and minimize the socio-economic burden of these communities.

What are the health needs and challenges?

The monitoring system of the Chinese Center of Disease Prevention and Control (China CDC) found that the upward trend of diabetes prevalence in rural China is increasing more rapidly than that in urban areas.  Medical expenses caused by diabetic related diseases have become one of the important factors leading to poverty.  The low capacity of rural health care providers, insufficient investment and technological support in rural areas of China exacerbate health disparities facing diabetics in these rural areas.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

  1. Organize capacity building sessions through best practice sharing among administration and community leaders and systematic training among rural and village health care providers on diabetes prevention and management covering theories and skills.
  2. Carry out technical support activities for patients’ self-management with follow-up assessment.
  3. Assess high risk factors of diabetes and offer screening service to high risk individuals.
  4. Education and intervention among the general public and workplace.  Leverage the World Diabetes Day as a spring board for outreach activities.
  5. Exchange visits and mentoring with Eastern regions where diabetes and NCD control and prevention activities are advanced.
  6. Build the basic skills of self-management among diabetes patients

Summary of impact and forward looking information

  1. Authority leaders have a better understanding of the risk of diabetes to mobilize more resources for diabetes prevention and control
  2. The capacity of primary medical workers for diabetes management improved to provide better service
  3. The self-management skills of diabetes patients enhanced
  4. High risk population are more active to take diabetes screening and take actions if diagnosed as patients
  5. General population know how to prevent diabetes
  6. Patients newly detected with this project began to take standard management actions.

Measurement of progress towards objectives 

Estimated overall value of partnership:

  • USD 709,016

Estimated amount of people impacted

  • 5,540,742

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) China Center for Disease Control, Chongqing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shaanxi Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Diabetes


Research Country(ies) China

Start Date 2012

Anticipated completion date 2015

« With this project, we hope to work out effective and comprehensive measures to improve the quality of a patient’s life in rural area and reduce the financial burden, including diet, exercise, weight control, blood pressure and glucose management »

Wang Linhong, executive deputy director of the National Center for Chronic and Non-Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at China CDC