Roundtable discussions on diabetes management system in Republic of Moldova

WHO

The results of an end-term evaluation of the National Diabetes Programme 2011–2015 and the diabetes management system of the Republic of Moldova were the main topics at a roundtable that took place on 10 February 2016 in Chisinau. The event was organized by WHO/Europe and the WHO Country Office, Republic of Moldova.

The event gathered about 40 representatives of the Ministry of Health, National Center for Public Health, National Center for Health Management, National Health Insurance Company and State University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Nicolae Testemitanu"; endocrinologists representing national institutions and specialized health care institutions at regional level; primary health care physicians; nongovernmental organizations; and municipal public authorities.

The roundtable had several objectives.

  • Inform participants about the main results of the end-term evaluation of the National Diabetes Programme using a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis.
  • Provide recommendations to improve diabetes prevention and control strategies, and the diabetes management system based on the conducted assessment.
  • Debate the draft of the new national diabetes control programme developed by the team of endocrinologists.
  • Discuss and agree on the next steps to develop the national diabetes prevention and control policy for 2016–2020.

"According to STEPS [WHO STEPwise approach to Surveillance] data, 56% of Moldovans are overweight or obese, which increases the risk of diabetes. The latest available data show that for the timespan of the Programme, diabetes prevalence rose about 38%. Therefore, the Republic of Moldova needs a more robust and comprehensive national policy to prevent and control diabetes in the country", said Dr Aliona Serbulenco, Deputy Minister of Health, during the roundtable discussions.

Next steps

Based on the results of the roundtable, WHO/Europe will produce a report of the end-term evaluation of the National Diabetes Programme 2011–2015 and diabetes management system of the Republic of Moldova. A national working group to be established at the Ministry of Health level will use the report to develop a new diabetes control programme for 2017–2020. WHO/Europe and the WHO Country Office will provide technical and consultancy support to the Ministry so the new programme is evidence based and makes the best use of available resources.

This event and the next steps to be undertaken are part of the activities envisaged under the biennial collaborative agreement 2016–2017 between the Moldovan Ministry of Health and WHO/Europe, and the WHO/Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Project "Support to strengthening governance and policy dialogue in the health sector".