Building sustainable partnerships
We work to mobilise awareness of the importance of fighting diabetes. Our approach to access builds on the United Nations (UN) defined cornerstones on the right to health and aligns with the UN Millennium Development Goals, which offer a common vision for tackling some of the major challenges facing the world.
Building sustainable partnerships to expand access to diabetes treatment and develop healthcare system capacity is the primary goal of our long-term efforts to confront the diabetes epidemic in developing countries. Our commitment extends to people who lack access to treatment, those who face barriers due to inadequate healthcare infrastructures and the high out-of-pocket costs that can be a part of having a progressive, chronic disease.
In 2001, we launched an access to diabetes care strategy with the aim of improving diabetes care in developing countries. Within the framework of this strategy, we developed specific initiatives to deliver action for improving access to care in developing countries with emphasis on building healthcare system capacity. Among these initiatives are the:
- World Diabetes Foundation
- Our differential pricing policy for LDCs
- World Partnership Programme
See 'Future Focus' below for current initiatives.
Setting ambitious objectives and targets and reporting on progress in meeting our goals are core elements of the Novo Nordisk Way of Management. However, we face two major challenges in measuring the impact of efforts to expand access to care. First, we need to develop meaningful and useful indicators for measuring performance in areas where there is yet no corporate precedence for reporting. Second, we need to find ways of dealing with the challenges of obtaining good quality data in regions where monitoring of health care quality is not standard.
To guide our future direction, we are working on setting specific, measurable medium-range targets for our access initiatives. We will use these to learn from our experiences, measure, and improve our progress and impact.