The mission of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.
Despite the significant scientific advances of the last century, diabetes remains a major health challenge across the world. This chronic and incurable non- communicable disease (NCD) is responsible for millions of deaths annually and limits many lives with life-threatening complications. No country, rich or poor, is immune to the epidemic.
In its 2015 Diabetes Atlas, IDF estimated that 415 million people are currently living with diabetes; many as yet undiagnosed and untreated. To put this in an even more graphic way, if the people in the world with diabetes today lived in one country, it would be the third largest in the world after China and India. IDF estimated that, if nothing is done to address the growing diabetes epidemic, by 2040 the global figure will rise to 642 million – or one in 10 adults.
As a strong non-governmental organisation with the support of over 230 Members and economically powerful partners, IDF has the opportunity to address these challenges.
Scientific advances in the detection and treatment of diabetes are plentiful, with new lower cost solutions becoming available around the world. There is much IDF can do to promote knowledge exchange and understanding of these advances and help drive policy change to ensure they are available at affordable prices for all. But perhaps our greatest opportunity to curb the growth of diabetes is to harness the willingness of governments and inter-governmental organisations to drive change in policy, which will in turn create an environment that promotes better care of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and greater opportunity to choose healthier lifestyles.
Click on the image below to download the IDF Strategic Implementation Plan 2016-17 (pdf, 3MB).