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Steno Diabetes Center Greenland

Vision presentation for a strengthened diabetes and lifestyle effort approved.

Naalakkersuisut (Greenland Government) and the Novo Nordisk Foundation approved a vision paper that will lead to a strengthened diabetes and lifestyle effort in Greenland

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Naalakkersuisut (Greenland Government) and the Novo Nordisk Foundation, on November 8 and 26 respectively, approved a vision paper that will lead to a strengthened diabetes and lifestyle effort in Greenland.

The vision paper includes establishment of a newly built ambulatory knowledge and power center in Nuuk, which will serve as the center for development and knowledge sharing in the area. The presentation also includes the development of new treatment options for children and adults, strengthening early detection, prevention, research and cross-sectoral collaboration, as well as training for both citizens with diabetes and related lifestyle disorders, and healthcare professionals.

Representatives of the Greenlandic Health Service, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance and the Greenlandic Center for Health Research have been involved in the process of preparing the vision paper in collaboration with the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

It is our ambition that the new initiative will lift both treatment, research, prevention and education in diabetes and related lifestyle diseases for the benefit of Greenlandic citizens. – Lars Rebien Sørensen, chairman of the Novo Nordisk Foundation

When an implementation plan (turning book) has been prepared, this must be approved by both the Naalakkersuisut and the Novo Nordisk Foundation, which is expected to take place in 2020. Then the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Board of Directors finally makes a decision on a grant to strengthen diabetes and lifestyle efforts in Greenland.

 

About Steno Diabetes Center Greenland

The vision presentation for a strengthened diabetes and lifestyle effort in Greenland is based on the following elements:

  • Construction of a knowledge and power center (Steno Diabetes Center Greenland) in close association with Queen Ingrid’s Hospital in Nuuk. The center must be an integral part of the Greenlandic Health Service.
  • Development of a number of new treatment options for children and adults with diabetes and related lifestyle diseases.
  • Expanding Greenland’s research in the field of diabetes and lifestyle in close collaboration with the Greenlandic Health Service, University of Greenland and the Danish Steno Diabetes Center.
  • Development of offers for education and competence development for citizens with diabetes and related lifestyle diseases, their relatives, the staff of the Greenlandic Health Service and the municipalities.
  • Increased cross-sectoral collaboration with focus on prevention and early detection.

The enhanced lifestyle efforts include diabetes, chronic lung disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease.

You can find the vision paper (in Danish) in its entirety in the “Downloads” section on this page.

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