The Cities Changing Diabetes partnership in Seoul consists of
representatives from the city of Seoul, the Korean Diabetes
Association (KDA) and the Embassy of Denmark in Korea.
The city has conducted the first phase of the research with the
purpose of gaining a better understanding of the social and cultural
dynamics of the city and build an evidence-based action plan. As part
of this work, Professor Kun-Ho Yoon, who leads Seoul's Cities Changing
Diabetes team, conducted a Rule of Halves analysis.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the programme's ability to
carry out research and engage potential stakeholders, Cities Changing
Diabetes in Seoul managed to host two international webinars during
this period. These webinars were supported by the Danish Embassy in
Korea and included speakers from the Korean Diabetes Association,
University College London and the Copenhagen Center for Diabetes.
The first webinar was held in November 2020 and examined how cities
in the Cities Changing Diabetes network have worked together and
shared their initiatives. The second webinar centred on the theme of
diabetes and health inequalities in cities and was streamed in
Moving forward, Cities Changing Diabetes in Seoul will conduct a
qualitative Diabetes Vulnerability Assessment to determine the city's
underlying socio-cultural drivers of type 2 diabetes.
" Through the Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD) program, we are
taking on a new challenge to find the complex causes and solutions
to diabetes problems in Seoul. Like so many urban areas around the
world, Seoul has many urban problems and vulnerabilities related to
diabetes epidemic. We will continue to work to reduce diabetes
prevalence and improve diabetes management by continuing to
strengthen solidarity and work with our CCD partners. Also, we are
looking forward to conducting new research to deliver diabetes
prevention and treatment soon."
— Professor Kunho Yoon, CCD Ambassador of Korea, Prof of The
Catholic University of Korea, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital