2-Fundacion-Carlos-Slim-apoya-OmentPresident Enrique Peña Nieto launched the National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes last October 31, 2013.

The strategy included the establishment of the Mexican Observatory of Non-communicable Diseases (OMENT), which is a platform that brings together and disseminates information generated by different the health subsystems and other institutions, regarding to overweight, obesity and diabetes.

Obesity and diabetes are an epidemic, with such impact that leads us to a reduced life expectancy. The National Strategy is the public policy response, and OMENT is the way to see how we are in this fight,” said Dr. Mercedes Juan, Federal Minister of Health.

She took the opportunity to thank Carlos Slim Foundation, the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), the Autonomous University of Nuevo León and the Aspen Institute for their valuable contributions.

OMENT has an Advisory Board chaired by the Federal Minister of Health and composed by heads of academic and research institutions and public health personalities, such as José Narro and Juan Ramón de la Fuente, among others.

Dr. Roberto Tapia, as General Director of Carlos Slim Foundation is one of the Advisory Board twelve members.

Besides being part of the Advisory Board, the Foundation participates in OMENT and the National Strategy through the creation of Excellence Networks in Diabetes, which currently operate in 20 states. For this purpose, the foundation developed a technological tool called Board of Control of Chronic Diseases.

This board allows accessing to real-time information on topics such as staff training of participating public health units, information on early detection of chronic diseases, drug supply and patients’ care quality. This information facilitates decision-making and transparency. It can be analyzed through data mining to establish working parameters and hierarchy of units according to their performance.

OMENT’s creation is a transcendent step to give life, transparency and consistency to the National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes,” concluded Roberto Tapia.