Tackling Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Asia – A Multidisciplinary and Multi-sectoral Initiative
Diabetes represents an enormous public-health problem, especially in Asia and comprehensive programs are crucial to curb this epidemic. However, most programs target individuals, whereas initiation and maintenance of behaviour change necessitates a holistic approach that also transforms the individual's environment. Additionally macro-level forces, such as public-policies/national campaigns must be deployed.
The main aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive diabetes prevention program that covers all domains of the socio-ecological model, is culturally relevant and leverages on technological advancements. Program development will involve four stages, and will start-off by consolidating existing knowledge about best-practises and intervention strategies. Primary analyses using Singaporean and Asian data will be conducted to contextualise the problem.
A separate multidisciplinary panel involving stakeholders from government, NGOs, media, industry and the healthcare sector will be assembled in stage-2, to evaluate stage-1 data and brainstorm on novel strategies. Feasibility studies will be carried out during stage-3. During stage-4, a multi-level diabetes prevention program will be defined for Singapore and China specifically, and for Asia in general. Post phase-4, this program can be tested in evolving communities like Punggol-21, and would provide a model for other Asian cities.
For further details, please contact:
Prof Chia Kee Seng
Head & Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, NUS
Director, Centre for Molecular Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Deputy Director & Professor, Signature Research Program in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School & Associate Research Professor, Duke University Global Health Institute