CITIES CHANGING DIABETES
Today, two thirds of the 415 million people with diabetes live in cities. If this trend continues, by 2040 642 million people will be living with diabetes. Urban diabetes is an emergency in slow motion. But its growth is not inevitable. Cities Changing Diabetes is a commitment to pushing for urgent action against urban diabetes on a global scale. The aim is to map its extent, share solutions and tackle the growing challenge of diabetes in the world’s great cities, because we believe that when businesses, city leaders and planners, healthcare professionals, academics, and community leaders pull together, we can transform our cities into healthier places to live, work and play – and bring down the risk of urban diabetes.
Cities Changing Diabetes is a response to the dramatic rise in urban diabetes across the world. It is a first-of-its-kind partnership platform for cross-disciplinary, cross-sector collaboration.
No one organisation and no one company can solve the challenge alone, so the programme is built on public-private partnerships between businesses, city leaders and planners, architects, healthcare professionals, academics, community leaders and others with a stake in the outcome. Working together we are setting out to create cities which help us live more healthily, and where people with diabetes can live life to the full.
CITIES CHANGING DIABETES AIMS TO
- Put urban diabetes at the top of the global healthcare agenda. Experience has shown that it is possible to have great impact on the rise of a potentially devastating disease when healthcare systems are mobilised to see it as an urgent priority. By putting the spotlight on the scale and urgency of the issue in many cities across the world, we can help health systems to prioritise the challenge of urban diabetes.
- Put it on the agenda of those designing and managing cities for the future. Urban planning has an important role to play in delivering health improvements in the way it designs and reshapes our cities. By helping those who design and manage cities to understand the dynamics of urban diabetes, we can equip them to develop healthier cities for the future.
THE BRIEFING BOOK
Today, not enough is known about the dynamics of how urban development can drive diabetes, and how to deliver the potential health benefits that city living can bring. However, with the Cities Changing Diabetes Briefing Book we can contextualize the urban diabetes situation and give a global overview of the challenges associated with urban diabetes.
The Briefing Book serves as a central document for the Cities Changing Diabetes Programme and serves as a strong engagement tool that contributes to provide both new and existing stakeholders with a common understanding of the severity of urban diabetes.