The Latest News from IDF

Our December News Update is here!

Find out about the IDF Europe General Assembly, the launch of the WHO Europe project on non-communicable diseases, the new EU food labelling rules and more in our latest policy and advocacy update. Enjoy the read!

IDF recognises volunteer excellence

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has launched an award programme to honour IDF’s dedicated volunteers. Awards have been selected by the Awards Nomination Committee chaired by Anne Belton and recognise IDF’s outstanding volunteers both regionally and globally.

IDF is proud to acknowledge the following volunteers and thanks them for their tireless efforts to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide:

New countries join Life for a Child Programme

As the end of 2014 nears, it is exciting to reflect that the IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme has not only expanded support to six new countries but also increased the number of centres in countries already participating in the programme. Some 15,000 children and youth in 48 developing countries and the health professionals who care for them, are currently receiving a variety of resources free of charge from LFAC.

What did countries across Europe do to celebrate World Diabetes Day? Find out in our latest newsletter!

The special World Diabetes Day issue of our quarterly newsletter is here!

Find out about the activities led by diabetes associations across Europe to mark this important time of the year for the diabetes community.

IDF Partner continues its support for LFAC

Boehringer Ingelheim, a partner of the International Diabetes Federation, continued its support for the International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme by organising a fundraising event in the lead up to World Diabetes Day (WDD) - 14 November. This is the sixth year they have supported this programme.

G20 development at risk as diabetes costs soar

The G20’s national productivity and economic growth is at risk due to the increase in diabetes cases and related healthcare costs. New figures released today by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to mark World Diabetes Day show that diabetes healthcare costs will reach US$566 billion by the end of 2014 across the G20 countries. This represents up to 15% of the total healthcare budget of high income countries.

Lack of implementation of policies leaves Europe losing the battle against diabetes

While diabetes treatment and prevention have improved over the past years, the serious lack of proper implementation and monitoring of policies means that Europe is losing the battle against this growing epidemic, according to Diabetes in Europe: Policy Puzzle - The State We Are In, a report launched today.

Tackling the New York City marathon for Life for a Child

If you follow the IDF Life for a Child Programme on Facebook, you may already have read and been inspired by Veerle Vanhuyse. Veerle contacted LFAC in August, while training for the 2014 TCS New York City marathon, wanting to raise money for the Programme.

2014 IDF Europe Prizes in Diabetes: And the winners are...

The Polish Diabetes Association and Dr Joana Gaspar from Portugal were presented with the 2014 IDF Europe Prize in Diabetes at an award ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels today.

IDF KiDS Project helps promotes global awareness of diabetes

In May 2013, Angie Middlehurst, IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme Education Manager, was invited to be a member of the expert advisory committee set up by IDF in collaboration with Sanofi Diabetes to address the global challenges facing children with diabetes worldwide.