In 2013, the GACD launched its second call for research proposals on type 2 diabetes
In the past twenty years the global death rate from diabetes has doubled1 and the World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting that this will increase by two thirds by 2030. It is currently estimated that 347 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, with more than 80% living in low- and middle-income countries. Of those suffering from diabetes, type 2 comprises 90% of this population around the world.2 Halting the rise in prevalence of diabetes has been identified as one of the 9 WHO NCD global voluntary targets to be met by Member States by 2025.
With the burden of this chronic non-communicable disease ever-increasing the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases launched a call for proposals on the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes, with a focus on implementation and intervention research in low- and middle-income countries, and indigenous populations in Canada and Australia. The emphasis of this initiative is on existing approaches to prevention and control of type 2 diabetes rather than development of new treatments.
The following principles of the GACD are reflected in this call for proposals:
- Committed to improving health gains while reducing health disparities in LMICs.
- Focused on research topics where the need for evidence to inform policy, programmes and practice is most urgent.
- Pursuing knowledge translation and exchange approaches that are designed to maximise the public health benefits of research findings.
- Identifying common approaches for implementation, integration and scaling up within different health service delivery systems.