Patient centric, community based diabetes prevention and care in Shanghai

Partnership objectives

  1. Improve the quality of life of people affected by diabetes in Shanghai
  2. Bridge pre-diabetic group to care and  motivate them to take necessary actions to prevent the onset of diabetes
  3. Build a model of patient centric, community based management of diabetes prevention and care
  4. Raise awareness of diabetes and encourage healthy lifestyle among the general public

What are the health needs and challenges?

  1. In China,  over 92 million people are living with diabetes, affecting approximately 9.7% of the population and 148 million are considered pre-diabetic. 
  2. The costs associated with diabetes are considerable and are expected to grow exponentially if better prevention and treatment are not achieved.
  3. Diabetes management is poor among patients themselves
  4. The capacity of community healthcare providers for diabetes management need to be enhanced to provide high quality service

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

  1. Door to door diabetes education with the help of community administration support
  2. Diabetes screening service for people at the age of 35 or above
  3. Set up 15 peer support groups to learn and share disease management skills
  4. Medical training organized among community healthcare providers 

Summary of impact and forward looking information

  1. Screening and baseline survey results helped community health centres in two communities have a better understanding about general people and patients' needs. Patients also have more access to care.
  2. The professional training enhanced community doctor's capacity for diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management
  3. Peer support  help patients to better manage the disease through diet, sports and psychological support.
  4. Patients are able to prevent complications with medical support
  5. People have a better understanding about diabetes prevention and control.
  6. Community administration leadership understood the importance of diabetes prevention and control and will mobilize more rescources for community based diabetes management

Measurement of progress towards objectives 

Estimated overall value of partnership:

  • USD 526,987

Estimated amount of people impacted

  • 100,000

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) Kunhao Technologies, Lianyang Community Health Center, Ruijin Street Community Health Center, Ruijing Hospital, Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Charity Foundation

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, NGOs, Other Business

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Diabetes

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - mHealth, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) China

Start Date 2012

Anticipated completion date 2015

« We don’t have a full picture of diabetes management status within the Lianyang Community before the project as this international residential neighbourhood is quite new. Through education and diabetes screening, more than 400 diabetes patients are taking »

Mr. Zhou Aiguo, deputy Director of Lianyang Community Health Center