The Way Forward: Global Action Framework

Almost 250 stakeholders from across the world, representing all aspects of diabetes care, attended the 5th International DAWN Summit. The summit focussed on the issues raised by the DAWN2." study, placing particular emphasis on promoting the concept of person-centred diabetes care. Discussions between the delegates took place throughout a variety of sessions, with presentations, interactive exchanges and workshops providing a platform for clarification of common global priorities and opportunities for joint action. Following the summit, these ideas were developed further, leading to the creation of a Global Action Framework. The framework aims to support the ongoing local implementation of change in response to the DAWNS results, while helping enable person-centred diabetes care to become a reality at all levels.

Read more in the Proceedings of the 5th International DAWN Summit 2014: Acting together to make person-centred diabetes care a reality.

The Global Action Framework suggests strategies and areas for action identified three common fields and priorities for action:

• Education

• Communication

• Psycho-social support

The three areas span the whole diabetes journey, from the prevention of disease to the effective management of complication. At the same time the three areas are common to all the priorities and strategies discussed at the DAWN summit and are integral for making person-centred diabetes care a reality at all levels.

These priorities have the potential to help multiple stakeholders work together in the real-life situation and explore ways to strengthen the voice of people with diabetes and their families, while supporting HCPs and their organisations to change how they deliver healthcare for people with diabetes. Additionally, they could be used to drive national community and policy action, to ensure the enactment of rights of equal access and availability to quality person-centred diabetes care, to provide timely and appropriate education that enables effective self-management, and to nurture a society that is free from discrimination, stigma, prejudices and the reduced opportunities associated with diabetes across the world today.