Friends for diabetes and Novo Nordisk
sign partnership for diabetes treatment
Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a UAE volunteer support society, Friends for Diabetes (FFD), in a bid to improve access to care for people living with diabetes in the region. Under the MoU, Novo Nordisk will undertake to provide insulin treatment for 50 type 1 patients, whereas FFD will facilitate the exercise in collaboration with the Emirati Red Crescent.
Speaking during the MoU signing ceremony, spokespersons from Novo Nordisk, Friend for Diabetes and the Royal Danish Embassy expressed optimism that the initiative will positively impact the management of diabetes for needy patients.
In the joint presser held under the patronage of the Danish Consul General and Head of Mission H.E. Morten Siem Lynge and in the presence of the Danish Ambassador to the UAE H.E. Merte Juhl, Mr. Ole Ramsby Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Novo Nordisk A/S also noted the partnership will create sustainable and long-term solutions that will drive change in the fight against diabetes.
On his part, Dr Ayman Hassan, the General Manager for Novo Nordisk UAE mentioned that “Diabetes is a huge burden on society and no single entity can combat it alone. It is similar private public partnerships that give hope for addressing this serious issue. In joining hands with Friends for Diabetes, we are confident that our combined efforts will go a long way in making a positive impact for patients.”
On her part, FFD founder, Dr. Elham Al Amiri welcomed the partnership terming it as timely and noble. She said that the joint initiative will greatly raise awareness levels in the region as well as serve as a motivation towards proper management of the disease.
“We welcome this noble gesture by Novo Nordisk to partner with FFD in the provision of care and better treatment of diabetes in the region. This partnership will go a long way in complementing our ongoing programs, which are aimed at increasing awareness about diabetes, training and education, arranging activities around the World Diabetes Day, and sourcing and securing funds to support patients in need of treatment.” said Dr. Al Amiri.
The MoU will also seek to address the numerous hurdles being faced by a huge number of expats’ children whereby the cost of medication and insurance coverage has continued to be a stumbling block.