Joined the programme in 2020 

Bogotá has joined the Cities Changing Diabetes in November 2020. The health secretariat, the Danish embassy and the local Novo Nordisk affiliate signed a memorandum of understanding join the global network of cities working to bend the curve on diabetes. Working with two universities, Universidad de Rosario & Universidad Nacional, the city of 8 million people will focus on improving the health and wellbeing of its citizens through new and innovative solutions.

The diabetes challenge in Bogotá


According to the IDF almost 3 million adults or 8,4% of the adult population live with diabetes in Colombia.1  A similar rate has been found for Bogotá, although better studies are needed.2



Bogotá are also facing challenges of congestion as they are top of the list of most congested cities in the world, with an average person losing 191 hours a year due to traffic.3


of children and adolescents in Bogotá were estimated overweight or had obesity in 2010.4


of adults in Bogotá were estimated overweight or had obesity in 2010.4

Cities Changing Diabetes establishes a working path for Bogotá. On one end we will consolidate a quantitative research to map and identify the situation regarding non communicable diseases in the city. Additionally, by running the qualitative side of the research under the priorities evaluation model we will identify the leading social, economic, cultural and attention factors related to the appearance and prevalence of this condition under an urban setting. The research phase will then transform into an action plan to turn Bogotá into a  global leader in diabetes prevention as well as with other metabolic diseases. 

“This partnership will allow us to prevent diabetes, specifically in children and teenagers, it will also position our city as an international reference in prevention of this disease” 

— Alejandro Gómez, Secretary of health

Danish Embassy of Columbia

Health Secretariat of Bogotá

Universidad de Rosario

Universidad Nacional  


H. Schargrodsky, R. Hernández-Hernández, B.M. Champagne, et al. CARMELA Study Investigators. CARMELA: assessment of cardiovascular risk in seven Latin American cities Am J Med, 121 (2008), pp. 58-65


Colombian Institute for Family Welfare (ICBF). Colombia National Survey of the Nutritional Situation (ENSIN). Department for Social Prosperity (DPS), Republic of Colombia;2010.