Joined the programme in 2021

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 launch the Cities Changing Diabetes programme in Moscow. The programme in Moscow is aimed at a comprehensive assessment of the diabetes challenges in the city and the development of an action plan to combat this disease among the most vulnerable groups of population.


More than 12 million people live in Moscow, making it one of the biggest cities in the world1. A high number of non-communicable diseases are registered in Moscow and associated with unhealthy eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, overweight and obesity. In fact, more than 50% of the population of Moscow is overweight or living with diabetes.2

More than 110,000 new cases of endocrine system diseases, including 26,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes, are registered every year3. 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 living 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.



Key facts

Diabetes prevalence



people live with diabetes in Moscow4



of the population of Moscow is overweight or living with diabetes2

Cities Changing Diabetes in Moscow focuses on obesity prevention, awareness and screening within the city. Diabetes interventions will target socially vulnerable groups of people living with type 2 diabetes, such as those who are elderly, financially vulnerable or socially isolated.

One of the key partners for Cities Changing Diabetes in Moscow is the Moscow Urban Forum (MUF). MUF was involved in the launch of Cities Changing Diabetes in Moscow and collaborated with Novo Nordisk, among other things, in running a course for public officials and employees of the Moscow Department of City Planning. This course, Urban Health, focused on obesity in the urban environment.

Cities Changing Diabetes in Moscow also held several workshops with experts from the local government, the healthcare system, urban planning and patient organisations to gather data and recommendations for an analytical report on obesity called City in Shape.

Moving forward, Cities Changing Diabetes in Moscow will present the government in Moscow with practical recommendations and suggestions for pilot projects based on the Urban Diabetes Priority Assessment Study. The team in Moscow also plans to create educational materials for social workers to provide their clients with basic information about type 2 diabetes, obesity, and healthy eating. 


"The problem of diabetes cannot be solved alone. Cities Changing Diabetes programme, based on an equal partnership between the city's health authorities, medical specialists, the scientific community, business and reputable patient organizations, allows us to fight diabetes more effectively. Only by joining forces, we can stop the growing prevalence of diabetes in the urban environment,"

— Elvira Gustova, President of the Moscow Diabetes Association.


Federal State Statistical Agency of Russia, 2020.


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


The incidence of all the main classes of diseases in 2012-2019. The Moscow Healthcare Department data, calculated by Mosstat (Moscow Statistics). (2019)


Diabetes prevalence in Moscow. Analytics by Research Institute of Healthcare Organization and Medical Management of Moscow Healthcare Department. URL: