As the first Chinese city to join the programme, the focus in Tianjin
has been to improve diabetes care in community health centres.
Research showed that cultural beliefs and poor access to
treatment4,5,6 significantly impact people’s ability to
manage their diabetes. A partnership to provide GP training is now
building diabetes capacity and skills, enabling GPs to reach more
people earlier in the course of their disease. The programme is part
of a wider effort to strengthen the overall city health system.
" Tianjin takes diabetes
prevention and control very seriously, investing in scientific
research, clinical treatment, and community health centres. This
work is paying off, yet the diabetes population is still
growing. It’s a long journey requiring the collaboration of
multiple partners, including city leaders and planners, the
social sector, and academic partners; that’s why we’re pleased
to be a part of Cities Changing Diabetes."
— Wang Hesheng, Director for Tianjin Health & Family Planning Commission
Tianjin case study