The Latest News from IDF

New CEO Comments: "Show me the money"

"As a general rule, we as a community have failed to convince the development aristocracy and its agencies to fund NCDs in low-income countries."

Read the newest posting from Ann Keeling, CEO of IDF on the CEO Comments page. Here you'll find Ann Keeling's thoughts and updates on issues related to diabetes and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

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IDF CEO: the crucial role of bilateral aid agencies

Ann Keeling, CEO of IDF, was welcomed as keynote speaker at a seminar hosted by the University of Sydney and AusAid (Australia’s Development Agency) “Implementing the United Nations Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases: Progress So Far”.

The seminar was convened by Ruth Colagiuri, IDF Vice President, and included comments from Natalie Cohen, Director of Health Policy & Partnerships, AusAid.

New discussion group on D-NET: “Education in Africa”

The "Education in Africa" group is a public forum that provides a space for educators from the African Region to discuss and share experiences on a numbers of education programmes and  other education issues.
The Education in Africa group will be a useful tool to encourage and support diabetes education in the region. Go to your D-NET profile and join the forum!

Somogyi Award winner announced by Hungarian Diabetes Association

Bernd Schultes, M.D. associated professor at the University of Luebeck, Germany has been selected as the Somogyi awardee for 2012. The 2012 Somogyi Award of Hungarian Diabetes Association was handed over at the biannual meeting of the Association running from 12-15 April.

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CEO Comments: Where are the NCD Targets?

Global leaders respond to diabetes epidemic

Over 120 world leaders from the UN, governments, private sector and NGOs have released a blueprint for action around the diabetes epidemic. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that unless rapid action is taken, one person in ten will have diabetes by 2030.

Latest issue of Diabetes Voice now available

Welcome to the first Diabetes Voice issue of 2012 - our first edition following the record-breaking World Diabetes Congress in Dubai.

Highlights include:

CEO Comments: first green shoots of an "NCD Spring"

The UN often comes under fire for not having achieved the twin goals of every Miss World contestant - world peace and the eradication of poverty. I say we just haven't achieved them yet. But let's never lose sight of the big goals and let’s never lose sight of the UN System's unique role in setting global standards and visioning major global threats and opportunities coming over the horizon.

Diabetes and ageing: hand-in-hand

April 7 marks the WHO World Health Day with a focus on healthy ageing.

On April 3, Jean Claude Mbanya, President of IDF addressed the World Health Day Forum, in Melbourne, on the opportunities and challenges facing our ageing population.

"We are now living in what has been heralded ‘the century of ageing’, with life expectancy soaring worldwide.

In 1950, when IDF was founded, the average life expectancy was 48 years old. Today, it reaches nearly 70.

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