Helmsley grant supports focus on integrated diabetes care

Author: Maia Olsen, NCD Synergies
February 4, 2015

In December 2014, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announced a $3 million gift to Partners In Health, linking support for integrated care for pediatric diabetes with a global analysis of implementation gaps for the poorest billion. In a press release dated Dec. 18th, 2014, Partners In Health and the Helmsley Charitable Trust said the funding will “create sustainable, accessible approaches to type 1 diabetes (T1D) care that can be integrated within the noncommunicable diseases in Haiti and Rwanda, where widespread poverty and limited access to health care hinder chronic disease management.”

Through the grant, Partners In Health seeks to:

  • Strengthen training for pediatric diabetes care
  • Improve follow-up care for diabetes and other NCDs at the health center and community health worker level
  • Improve case detection through screening and community engagement programs
  • Define a scalable model of training and delivery of care
  • Engage Ministries of Health to share lessons learned

NCD Synergies is taking a central role in knowledge sharing throughout the course of the grant. The NCD Synergies project will host an international conference focused on diabetes care in the poorest billion in 2017, support the development of a chronic care toolkit, and engage Ministries of Health to share lessons learned throughout the grant. NCD Synergies will also conduct research on diabetes financing and programs in low-income countries, investigating the role that integrated NCD platforms play in supporting care delivery for pediatric diabetes.