The primary goal of the guideline is to improve the quality of care and
the outcome in people with type 2 diabetes in low-resource settings. The
guideline provides a basis for development of simple algorithms for management
of diabetes with essential medicines and technology available in
first-contact health services in low-resource settings. It recommends a set
of basic interventions to integrate management of diabetes into primary
health care. The recommendations are limited to patients with type 2
diabetes, as the more complex management of type 1 diabetes requires
more specialized care.
The target users are health care professionals responsible for developing
diabetes treatment protocols which will be used by health care staff in
primary care units in low-resource settings. A guideline development group was constituted, which included external
experts and WHO staff.