The undertaking that I gave on becoming President of the International Diabetes Federation is the same undertaking that was given by every President since the founding of our Federation more than sixty years ago – including such illustrious figures as Maria de Alva, Sir George Alberti, Pierre Lefèbvre, Martin Silink and, my immediate predecessor, Jean Claude Mbanya. But I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances never before experienced by the Federation. This is a moment of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts. Never before has diabetes blighted the lives of so many millions of people worldwide: by our own guarded estimates, 371 million are affected as I write, and millions more with impaired glucose tolerance, the evidence of pre-diabetes. For every minute it takes you to read this page, between eight and 10 people will have died of the complications of diabetes.
Keep the fire burning
Submitted by aabolina on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 16:19