Throughout National Diabetes Month, we will be sharing insights into Joslin’s innovations in care for diabetes and its complications as part of our mission of preventing, treating and curing diabetes. Our vision is a world free of diabetes and its complications.
This week, learn about how, as the world’s leading center in all aspects of diabetes—research, care and education—Joslin is implementing quality diabetes care in all corners of the globe.
“Of the nearly 400 million people worldwide with all types of diabetes, most live outside the United States,” says endocrinologist William C. Hsu, M.D., Senior Director of Joslin’s International Programs. “We need to reach them too.”
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For years, Joslin has offered robust international programs in professional education and culturally-based diabetes care. This new program, formally launched in 2013, takes Joslin’s capabilities to the next level—to be directly involved in shaping systems of diabetes care in countries around the world.
Invited by entities involved in healthcare delivery such as ministries of health, medical schools or healthcare providers, Joslin’s experts visit and assess specific systems of diabetes care, then shape strategies for improvement, implementation and ongoing performance evaluation.
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“Our approach is nimble,” says Dr. Hsu. “We look for creative ways to work within a country’s existing system—how best to train its healthcare providers, educate patients and the general public, and improve access and quality of diabetes care.”
In photo above, he presents at a symposium in Tokyo sponsored by the global company Sunstar. The multi-year Joslin-Sunstar Diabetes Educational Initiative brings together dental and medical professionals in cities throughout the world to focus on the link between oral and systemic diseases such as diabetes.
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Tune in on Wednesday to learn about Joslin’s specific efforts around the globe.