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News Release

Joslin Diabetes Center Signs Agreement With The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia

Alliance will provide training and expertise to improve diabetes education and care

BOSTON (December 14, 2016) – Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s preeminent diabetes care and research center, today announced that it has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through which Joslin will provide training and expertise designed to improve diabetes education and care.

As part of the agreement, Joslin will develop and implement a comprehensive nurse training and certification program in diabetes education as well as content and materials for primary care physician training.  In addition, Joslin will provide expertise in improving operations of MOH Diabetes Centers to eventually serve as Diabetes Centers of Excellence, where trained physicians and nurses will apply their learned diabetes education skills to deliver a “signature diabetes education” program to patients.

“Joslin Diabetes Center is thrilled to be partnering with the Ministry of Health in this collaboration,” said Peter S. Amenta, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Joslin.  “We believe that together we can make a real difference in Saudi Arabia, by both preventing diabetes and helping those with diabetes live longer, healthier lives.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that Saudi Arabia has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the Middle East.  The agreement with the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia extends Joslin’s mission to develop and promote better diabetes care globally.