The Latest News from IDF

Invincible House champions Life for a Child

In January 2013, the IDF Life for a Child Programme was contacted by Tom Etheridge, an 18 year-old with diabetes studying at Maidstone Grammar School in Kent, United Kingdom (UK). Tom is Captain of the school’s Invincible House, which comprises around 200 pupils aged 11-18. They used their house charity day to raise over £700 for Life for a Child.

Taking diabetes on tour and to the people

Charles Mattocks, Blue Circle Champion & celebrity chef brings us up-to-date on his latest campaign to change diabetes!

Professor Harry Keen (1925-2013)

It is with much sadness and regret that the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has received the news of the passing of Professor Harry Keen, one of IDF’s Honorary Presidents. 

Azerbaijan hosts ISPAD workshop on diabetes in children

The Endocrine Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan - – Life for a Child’s partner centre in the country - recently hosted a workshop run by the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) and facilitated by the IDF Life for a Child Programme.

MDGs: 1000 days to give a 1000%

April 5, 2013, marks the 1000-day milestone towards the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history and comprise of 8 concrete goals aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and deprivation.

To date significant progress has been made across many of the MDGs. However, global trends have created challenges to reaching these goals.

Send us your data for the 6th edition IDF Diabetes Atlas!

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is looking for new sources of diabetes prevalence data to include in the 6th edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas.

IDF uses diabetes prevalence data from a variety of sources in its prevalence model to generate country and global estimates of diabetes prevalence. The model uses data stratified by age, sex, and setting (rural or urban) where appropriate and presented for at least three age groups.

Join the Pin a Personality campaign!

The Pin a Personality campaign was launched in 2012 to help the blue circle become the universally recognised symbol for diabetes awareness. The concept is simple: identify a personality or well-know individual in your community and get them to wear the blue circle pin to show their support for diabetes awareness. Take a picture and share it with us!

The Diabetes Society of Maldives awarded by WHO

The Executive Board of the World Health Organisation awarded the Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health 2013 to the Diabetes Society of Maldives for their outstanding contribution in the field of public health.

Seven years of Twitter: How is it impacting diabetes care?

Today marks the seventh anniversary of social media giant Twitter. In this quarter's edition of Diabetes Voice, Brazilian Young Leader, Claudia Labate, gives us the lowdown on how social media is influencing diabetes care and self-management.

Read the Diabetes Voice article

Oral health is a vital component for wellbeing

Today on World Oral Health Day, IDF calls for oral healthcare to be given the same degree of attention as other types of healthcare.

Growing evidence demonstrates the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes and affirms the principle that proper oral health is necessary for good general health; meaning oral health is a vital component of everyone’s wellbeing.

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