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World Diabetes Congress: Advance Programme out now!

The Advance Programme for the World Diabetes Congress 2013 is now available. Find out preliminary information on Congress streams and sessions as well as general Melbourne information.


LFAC at the 1st African Diabetes Congress

Dr Graham Ogle, LFAC General Manager, recently travelled to Arusha, Tanzania, to participate in the inaugural African Diabetes Congress. Organised by the IDF Africa Region, the event brought together key stakeholders and leaders in the arena of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, to discuss ambitions, priorities and actions for change within the Africa region.

Raising awareness through sports

IDF Europe was in Lausanne, Switzerland, to support the Junior Cup Diabetes, an annual international football championship for young boys and girls with Type 1 diabetes aged between 8 and 12 organized by Medtronic. Held from 24 to 26 August 2012 in the olympic stadium of Lausanne, this year's championship was supported by former football World Champion Christian Karembeu.

Shine a light on diabetes!

Since 2007, iconic buildings and sites all over the world have been lighting in blue - the colour of the blue circle for diabetes - to mark World Diabetes Day and raise awareness of diabetes. The lightings are testimony to the power of our combined efforts to alter the diabetes landscape and provide a strong visual element to attract attention to the diabetes cause.

Diabetes Education in Africa

On July 24, the International Diabetes Federation held a diabetes education symposium in Arusha, Tanzania to forge ahead diabetes education in Sub-Saharan Africa. The symposium was opened by Dr. Manish Pant, IDF Policy and Programmes Director and key presentations in the morning were provided by IDF President Prof. Jean Claude Mbanya and Dr. Evariste Bouenizabila, Buyelwa Majikeladlangamandla from the Diabetes Education Consultative Section.

Nominate your World Diabetes Day Hero

Do you know someone that is active in promoting the diabetes cause or engaging, motivating and leading others to take steps toward creating healthier lives?

If you do, that person could be recognised as a World Diabetes Day Hero. Tell us the story and we will post it on our website and social media in order to inspire others!

WHO and UNAIDS Collaborate on NCDs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) made a historic agreement to work together in developing countries at the 19th International AIDS Conference this week. The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, and the Director General of WHO, Margaret Chan, signed a ‘letter of agreement’ which outlines their commitment to integrate HIV/AIDs and NCD programmes in low and middle income countries.

Tanzanian Vice-President opens First African Diabetes Congress

All stories coming out of the First African Diabetes Congress in Arusha can be found here

Tanzanian Vice-President Mohamed Gharib Bilal and Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) opened the First African Diabetes Congress in Arusha on Thursday, July 26. Their addresses called for a heightened emphasis on diabetes prevention and treatment and an increase in diabetes activism to tackle Africa’s growing epidemic

The 1st African Diabetes Youth Leadership Programme

”We will go to schools and educate people about diabetes. We will go to hospitals and visit newly diagnosed people with diabetes. And we will educate families living with diabetes, so as to avoid stigmatisation” Anita Bulindi said, as she presented herself for the presidential election of the African Diabetes Youth Leadership Programme.

This programme, initiated by the Tanzanian Diabetes Association, ran from the 21st to the 24th of July 2012 as a way to address the increasing burden of diabetes in children and adolescents in Africa.

IDF member associations discuss future of Africa region in fight against diabetes

In the lead-up to the First African Diabetes Congress in Arusha, Tanzania, IDF convened a regional member association workshop.

In total, 28 member associations explored challenges and opportunities for diabetes in the Africa region.