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Diabetes centre supports Life for a Child work in Ghana

In June of this year, Dr Declan Cody, a paediatric endocrinologist, and Mr Vincent McDarby, a senior clinical psychologist, from Our Lady's Childrens Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC), Ireland, travelled to Accra, Ghana. The journey itself only took seven hours but the experience was a life-changing one.

Batches of the insulin medicine NovoMix 30 FlexPen and Penfill to be recalled

Patients using medicine from the affected batches should be switched to products from unaffected batches or alternative treatment

The European Medicines Agency is giving recommendations on how to deal with a recall of some batches of the diabetes medicine NovoMix 30 FlexPen and Penfill. The affected batches are being recalled because of a manufacturing problem during the filling of the cartridges, which resulted in some batches of NovoMix 30 containing too high or too low amounts of insulin units per millilitre.

World Diabetes Day Activity Roundup

With 20 days to go to World Diabetes Day on 14 November, here is a selection of the latest planned activities that we've received from around the world:

European Union introduces black triangle symbol for medicines under additional monitoring

The European Union (EU) has introduced a new process to label medicines that are being monitored particularly closely by regulatory authorities. These medicines are described as being under 'additional monitoring'.

40 days to World Diabetes Day - How you can mark the day

With just 40 days to go to World Diabetes Day on 14 November, here's a reminder of some of the activities that you can do to mark the day in your area:
  • Pin a personality with the blue circle. Read more.
  • Light a monument or building in blue, the colour of the global symbol for diabetes awareness. Read more.

Life for a Child in the spotlight at global diabetes events

Diabetes conferences, both local and international, provide the IDF's Life for a Child Programme (LFAC)with a positive forum for alerting health professionals to the shocking everyday reality faced by many children and youth with diabetes in developing countries.

Two years later: What's next?

IDF Europe supports statement on Nutrition and NCDs at 63rd WHO Regional Committee meeting

IDF Europe is supporting a joint statement that will be delivered tomorrow at the 63rd WHO Regional Committee for Europe meeting in Izmir, Turkey.

The statement has been submitted by the World Cancer Research Fund International, and on behalf of other organisations concerned with nutrition and non-communicable diseases: the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians, European Heart Network, European Public Health Alliance, International Association for the Study of Obesity.

World Diabetes Day Activity Roundup

New development agenda must serve "people and planet"

On Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) released a summary report reflecting the views of more than one million people from UN Member States on the post-2015 development agenda.

The report called for the reduction of the NCD burden through targeted interventions. To help achieve this reduction, the report stressed the need for increased government accountability and a focus on concrete, measurable goals.