community to face and learn from. One of these is that people living with non-communicable
diseases (NCDs), including people living with diabetes, are paying the price for chronic
underspending on health by governments. Diabetes is a devastating condition, which
alongside cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and mental
and neurological conditions, has long been side-lined by politicians and policy makers.
Only now, with mounting evidence of the linkages between NCDs and COVID-19, is this
neglect being recognised as a failure of political leadership and public policy.