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Our Mission

  • Act to reverse the global diabetes epidemic through strategic partnerships in medical research and education.
  • Discover effective and inexpensive treatments for malnutrition diabetes through world-class research.
  • Empower local community health workers and medical professionals to engage in effective and sustainable diabetes programs within their own communities.


Report on Rates of Noncommunicable Disease in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries 

The Council on Foreign Relations released a report focusing on the factors associated with the growing global health crisis of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The report highlights the fact that economic growth and urbanization are leading to increased life expectancies but without the infrastructure and health care systems to support this in the developing world. It calls on the United States to prioritize NCDs in global health funding.

"More patients will get sick, suffer longer, require more medical care, and die young. Given the scale of these trends, the results will reverberate."  

Read the report here. Or explore the online interactive site 

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Personal Stories

Meredith Hawkins Meredith Hawkins, MD, Professor of Medicine 

Since she founded the Global Diabetes Initiative in 2008, Dr. Meredith Hawkins has used her expertise in diabetes and metabolic research to support diabetes research, medical education, and community health programs around the world. Over the past 14 years, Dr. Hawkins has mentored 60 M.D. students, residents, fellows and junior faculty members...

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