One of the biggest effects of the global diabetes epidemic, besides the devastating health consequences for people with diabetes, is its economic impact.
Diabetes is causing economic havoc to those living with the disease, their families and ultimately whole countries, threatening economic development.
Rationale for actively tackling diabetes epidemic
IDF is working to provide the economic rationale for diabetes treatment and prevention by accurately estimating the costs of diabetes and identifying the real economic impact of the disease.
The developing world has suffered from the lack of good data especially that focusing on the costs of the disease. To overcome that we have collected data in Kazakhstan, China and in various countries in Africa as part of the Diabetes Social and Economic Impact Studies (DIS).
The main goal of these studies is the assessment of the economic and social impact on people with diabetes in these countries and to reach a better approximation of diabetes health care costs used for the IDF Diabetes Atlas.
Other objectives of the Health Economics section are the yearly provision of worldwide healthcare costs of diabetes published in the IDF Diabetes Atlas, the production of policy papers about the economics of diabetes and providing an economic perspective to the different projects IDF is involved in.