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LFAC visits Kids and Teens Diabetes Camp in Fiji

Angie Middlehurst, Education Manager/Diabetes Educator of the IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme, travelled to Fiji on a June weekend to help at the kids and teens diabetes camp conducted yearly by the Head of Paediatrics, Dr Rigamoto Taito and local health professionals from Lautoka, Suva and Labasa Hospitals.  LFAC has assisted children and young people in Fiji since 2000 but this was the first time the programme had sent an educator to a camp.

Report shows direct connections between diabetes & climate change

IDF has launched its pioneering Diabetes and Climate Change Report to the backdrop of the UN's Rio+20 meeting on sustainable development. Written by global experts from the health and environment sectors, the Report calls for greater policy alignment to mitigate the risks of type 2 diabetes and climate change.

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Two new World Diabetes Day posters have been created for the World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign - Diabetes: protect our future - to highlight our key messages focussing on the importance of diabetes education and healthy environments in achieving a healthier future for all.

IDF's vision for the future development agenda

IDF has launched its newest advocacy programme – Diabetes Roadmap to the Future Development Agenda (The Roadmap), at the American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia.

Following in the footsteps of the landmark IDF Diabetes Roadmap Programme that was dedicated to securing strong diabetes outcomes from the UN Summit on NCDs, IDF has designed a successor programme for the period 2012-2015.

Annual Report highlights another important year for Life for a Child

The International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child Programme continues to go from strength to strength. In 2011, another seven countries joined the programme with increasing numbers of young people receiving vital insulin, syringes and monitoring supplies. Important progress was also made in developing online educational resources and building the knowledge base that will help strengthen the response to the diabetes epidemic.

IDF introduces its first South American Blue Circle Champion

Miguel Paludo, the NASCAR race car driver, is IDF’s newest Blue Circle Champion.

Originally from Brazil, Miguel got his first taste of racing behind the wheel of a go-kart at age 14. Since then he has raced at national level, including the Porsche GT3 Championship Series, earning several podium places. In 2010 Miguel made the trek to North America to try out his talents at the NASCAR level.

New CEO Comments: Every diabetes death must count

‘I believe the best days for health are ahead of us, not behind us’ said WHO DG Margaret Chan at last week’s World Health Assembly. And that flash of optimism was true for diabetes when governments adopted the first ever global target on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) just a few days later, committing themselves to cutting NCD deaths by 25% by 2025 (‘25 by 25’). It was a milestone in diabetes advocacy. IDF and the NCD Alliance have been working for this for over a year, and it shows again what ‘people’s power’ can do when allies work for a common cause.

IDF President calls Commonwealth Ministers to action on diabetes

Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, President of IDF, calls on Commonwealth Ministers to translate commitments made at the UN Summit into action, as part of the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book published yesterday.

First global target on NCDs: 25% reduction in preventable deaths by 2025

Geneva, 26 May 2012: After an intense week of lobbying by NGOs during the 65th World Health Assembly, all 194 of the World Health Organization’s Member States have endorsed a historic target to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025.

Experts explore connections between diabetes & climate change the backdrop of the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva, IDF and Bupa hosted the first-ever expert dialogue on diabetes and climate change on May 23. For the first time representatives of both health and climate sectors gathered to discuss how to jointly tackle these serious challenges.