Experts Launch First Ever Global Diabetes Plan in New York

On the eve of the UN NCD Summit the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) unveils the premier Global Diabetes Plan

WHAT: Latest figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reveal that currently 366 million people have diabetes, 4.6 million deaths are due to diabetes and US$ 465 billion is spent on care for diabetes. This disease is one of the century’s greatest health challenges and remains on a relentlessly upwards trajectory. 

IDF has brought together world experts to develop a coherent framework of action to respond to the diabetes challenge and halt avoidable deaths as well as improve the lives of people with diabetes.  These cost-effective solutions for action by governments, health care professionals and the global diabetes community are presented in IDF’s Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021.

At the same time IDF will launch a series of policy briefs describing a range of key issues relating to diabetes and the necessary policy responses.  These include: The Early Origins of Diabetes; Diabetes: A Global Health and Development Challenge; Diabetes in Pregnancy: Protecting Maternal Health.

WHO: IDF President Jean Claude Mbanya and IDF Vice-President Ruth Colagiuri who guided the development of the Plan will speak about the global challenge of diabetes and the cost-effective solutions available to combat it at the Global Diabetes Symposium.  The event is co-hosted by IDF and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

WHERE: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461              

WHEN: Sunday, September 18. 2:00pm – 8:00pm

  • 2:00pm Welcome comments from Dr Louis M. Weiss, Co-Director, Einstein Global Health Center.
  • 7:00pm Launch of IDF Global Diabetes Plan. Dr Ruth Colagiuri,Vice-President, IDF
  • 7:15pm Managing diabetes in a low-resource country and concluding remarks. Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, President, IDF

HOW: For more information click here

MEDIA CONTACTS: Isabella Platon, Head of Communications, IDF. [email protected] +32 471 611 373

Wednesday, September 14, 2011