Problem: Rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes and associated health care costs. Limited availability of diabetes-related health promotion and disease prevention services. Solution highlights: The Ministry of Health convened a working group to develop a national diabetes strategy. After several years of deliberation among working-group members, the finalized National Diabetes Strategy was approved by the government in 2010. An active patient association supported patient engagement and involvement throughout the initiative’s planning and implementation process. Meaningful stakeholder engagement across professions and institutions helped develop a common vision for the initiative. Building trust between stakeholders took time, but was necessary to allow functional teamwork and effective plan development. Oversight from the Ministry of Health fostered important linkages across activities, ensuring that changes to service delivery under the initiative aligned with and complemented other parallel reforms.