Diabetes Programme

Innovative care for chronic conditions: building blocks for action

WHO global report 2002

Publication details

Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 103
Publication date: 2002
Languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian
ISBN: 9241590173



The report presents a comprehensive framework for updating health care to meet the needs of chronic conditions. The proposed building blocks and overall framework are relevant for both prevention and disease management in health care settings. This is especially important given that most chronic conditions are preventable.

In an international review meeting, policy-makers judged these strategies, as well as the overall framework, to be robust across a range of scenarios that developing countries might face, including an HIV/AIDS epidemic, a flight of skilled human resources to the private sector, general economic collapse, and a change of government. Participants also felt that the framework was applicable to a range of chronic conditions, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and long-term mental disorders. The report is divided into four chapters:

  • Chronic conditions: the health care challenge of the 21st century
  • Current systems are not designed for chronic problems
  • Innovations in care: meeting the challenge of chronic conditions
  • Taking action to improve care for chronic conditions.