Novo Nordisk: World Partner Project
The diabetes pandemic will undoubtedly affect developing countries' ability to grow and develop. The World Partner Project (WPP) was launched in 2001 to establish a foundation on which developing countries can build their own diabetes healthcare strategies and ultimately improve access to proper care. The WPP works with local partners, usually health ministries and/or patient organizations, and is funded by a grant from Novo Nordisk. WPP and its partners have driven 31 projects in seven focus countries (Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, India, Malaysia, Tanzania and Zambia), organizing clinics, providing distance learning for healthcare professionals, educating people with diabetes and raising diabetes awareness. The countries were selected by WPP after analysis of the diabetes care situation in each country, diabetes awareness and knowledge, and diabetes care infrastructure. All projects must be sustainable: they must be affordable and practical enough for long-term operation.