The Latest News from IDF

World Diabetes Congress: abstract categories

If you have submitted an abstract for the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, you should by now have received notification of whether yours has been accepted by the programme committee.

If your abstract has been accepted, please check which category it will fall under.

Oral presentation:

Video showcases difficulties faced by people with diabetes during Mali crisis

In March 2012 Mali was the scene of a coup d'état followed by a rebel attack in the North of the country. Within a few days, people with diabetes in the north faced a shortage of medicines and doctors to help them manage their condition. Hundreds fled to the south where they found themselves without the means to continue their treatments. 

New Conversation Map set to achieve safer Ramadan experience

A brand new Conversation MapTM dealing with aspects of diabetes management during Ramadan is set to be rolled-out across IDF's regions this year.

IDF Europe supports statement to WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Non-Communicable Diseases

UN report on Millennium Development Goals out now

The UN has released its annual report for 2013 on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) progress-to-date. The report is based on data provided by a large number of international organisations within and outside the United Nations system.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, introducing the report, highlighths that "now is the time to step-up our efforts to build a more just, secure and sustainable future for all".

Read the report here

Pregnant women in India lack essential education on how to control their diabetes

Initial findings on gestational diabetes (GDM) screening and management in rural India have been released by IDF. The Focus Groups Discussions (FGD), part of the situation analysis of IDF’s WINGS (Women in India with GDM Strategy) project in rural Chennai, India, show that many women feel alone in managing their diagnosis and lack education on how to control the condition.

Leading diabetes groups release recommendations on incretin therapy and pancreatic disease

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) have released new recommendations for Clinicians and People with Diabetes Concerning the Use of Incretin Therapy and Pancreatic Disease.

The full recommendation can be accessed here. For more information, please contact

IDF Europe Quarterly Newsletter - the Food Issue

The latest edition of our Quarterly Newsletter is here! This issue focuses on Food & Nutrition, two key aspects of diabetes prevention and management.

Find out more about the many initiatives carried out by diabetes associations across Europe to educate people with diabetes and the general public on food and nutrition, as well as the latest news from IDF Europe.

IDF Europe supports Healthcare Without Harm's declaration on Safe Medical Equipment

Diabetes Australia launches new strategy and action plan

IDF President Sir Michael Hirst was amongst other international experts at the launch of Diabetes Australia's national diabetes strategy and action plan today in Canberra.

“In 2012 the worldwide cost of diabetes was estimated at $US471 billion and there were 4.8 million diabetes related deaths worldwide. The western pacific region has the highest prevalence of any region in the world”, Sir Michael Hirst said today at an address at the National Press Club. “All countries need to have their own national strategies to address this challenge. Australia is not alone in this”.