Through the Cities Changing Diabetes programme, we’ll study the future trend of diabetes, identify the causes of the disease, provide information support, decision support and promote all sectors of society to work together to improve diabetes prevention and control.

Huang Minghui, director of Chongqing Municipal Health Commission

Nina Thomsen

Chongqing is China’s largest and fastest growing city.1


One third of the world’s laptops are said to be produced in Chongqing.1

The diabetes challenge in Chongqing

One of the largest cities in the world, Chongqing is home to 31 million people. As with many other megacities, there is an urgent need to address the rising diabetes challenge. A comparison of figures from 2017 and 2018 suggests that, although the prevalence of diabetes (and obesity) is rising, awareness of the disease is decreasing.2


Introducing innovative ‘double’ health prescriptions

When Chongqing joined Cities Changing Diabetes in 2019, the city was already planning to promote the integration of public health, clinical-based medical services, and prevention to provide comprehensive management services for patients and to explore the implementation of a ‘double prescription’ system.

Starting with a pilot project, the city will roll out the double prescription system, with patients being given not only a medical prescription to address their condition, but also a health prescription to guide them in lifestyle and behaviour changes. As a first step, experts will collaborate to create a health prescription plan that will be turned into a manual to guide healthcare professionals (HCPs). 

Chongqing's partners

Chongqing Municipal Health Commission
Chongqing Medical Association


  1. Accessed 18th February 2020
  2. Report of Chongqing Residents Health 2018. 2018.