Joined the programme in 2021

More than 12 million people live in Moscow, making it one of the biggest cities in Europe1. More than 50% of Moscow population is overweight or have obesity2. Moscow is one of the greenest cities to live in: around 90% of people live within walking distance of green areas and parks3. The length of bike lanes has increased by nine times since 20113 and around 40% of people take up sports regularly2.

More than 380 thousand patients live with diabetes in Moscow. However, for two patients with already diagnosed type 2 diabetes, there is one patient undiagnosed. As in many countries of the world, the "rule of halves" applies to diabetes in Russia, according to which there are almost twice as many people with type 2 diabetes as there are registered patients with this diagnosis. Generally, the reason behind it is that the development of this disease occurs gradually and can go unnoticed for years.

During Moscow Urban Forum 2021, a Letter of Intent was signed between the Youth Council under the Moscow Department of Health, Moscow Urban Forum, Moscow Diabetic Association, Moscow Diabetic Association Medical Section, KB Strelka and Novo Nordisk to implement the Cities Changing Diabetes program in Moscow. The program in Moscow is aimed at a comprehensive assessment of the features of diabetes challenges that are relevant for Moscow, development of an action plan to combat this disease among the most vulnerable groups of population.


Federal State Statistical Agency of Russia, 2020.


Selective observation of the diet of the population. Federal State Statistical Agency of Russia, 2018.


Quality of living. Public report by PwC. July 2019.