Current Diabetes Reports

, 16:69 | Cite as

International Models of Care that Address the Growing Diabetes Prevalence in Developing Countries

  • Kavita Singh
  • Harish Ranjani
  • Elizabeth Rhodes
  • Mary Beth Weber
Economics and Policy in Diabetes (ES Huang and AA Baig, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Economics and Policy in Diabetes


Diabetes care involves a complex interaction between patients, physicians, the health care system, and society. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where the majority of individuals with diabetes live, there is a shortage of resources and infrastructure for diabetes care. Translation of proven interventions for diabetes prevention and care from experimental settings to the real world is a major challenge, and there is limited evidence from LMICs. To curtail the diabetes burden in LMICs, it is crucial to develop and execute innovative diabetes care models that improve access to care, knowledge, and outcomes. Additionally, adequate training of local health professionals and community engagement can help LMICs become self-sufficient in delivery of diabetes care. In this paper, we reviewed the existing models of diabetes care and prevention in LMICs and provided recommendations to guide the development of a comprehensive and effective future model for diabetes care in LMICs.


Diabetes care models Prevention Diabetes management Low- and middle-income countries Task shifting Electronic medical records 


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Kavita Singh, Harish Ranjani, Elizabeth Rhodes, and Mary Beth Weber declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kavita Singh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Harish Ranjani
    • 3
  • Elizabeth Rhodes
    • 4
  • Mary Beth Weber
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Endocrinology & MetabolismAll India Institute of Medical SciencesAnsari NagarIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Chronic Disease ControlNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Madras Diabetes Research FoundationChennaiIndia
  4. 4.Laney Graduate School, Nutrition and Health SciencesEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  5. 5.Hubert Department of Global HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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