This is the first of a series of Roundtable Discussions to provide input in further strengthening the Diabetes Prevention and Control Programme in Malaysia.
The Disease Control Division of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy organised a closed-door roundtable discussion with multi-sectoral stakeholders to appraise existing diabetes prevention programmes and activities as well as provide recommendations for action from 2020 onwards.
Roundtable participants concurred that existing action plans and initiatives under the National Strategic Plan for Non-Communicable Diseases (NSP-NCD) 2016-2025 are comprehensive in nature. However, the quality of policies alone and the presence of a cabinet-level, cross-ministerial committee did not ensure success in implementation and improved population health outcomes so far.
This summary should be read in conjunction with the complete event notes.
The summary focuses on key discussion points and recommendations among 31 participants, with representation from:
- MOH divisions (Disease Control, Nutrition, Family Health Development, Medical Development, Public Health Development)
- MOH senior clinicians
- State health departments (Melaka, Johor, WP Kuala Lumpur & Putrajaya)
- World Health Organization (WHO) Representative Office for Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore
- Diabetes Malaysia
- Institute for Public Health, MOH
- Galen Centre for Health & Social Policy
- Professional associations (Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society (MEMS), Malaysian Diabetes Educators Society (MDES), National Heart Association of Malaysia (NHAM), Malaysian Dietician’s Association (MDA)) and
- Academia (Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Monash University, University of Cyberjaya)