The Latest News from IDF

IDF builds on WHO vision for a healthy future

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is reforming its programmes and policy, financing and management and governance in order to better address the health challenges of the21st century. This reform is very timely - just months after the UN High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and consensus reached by 193 UN Member States to accelerate global progress on diabetes and NCDs.

Nipro Diagnostics to provide breakthrough support to LFAC

One of the greatest challenges that the IDF Life for a Child Programme faces in providing quality care to allthe children and young people with diabetes that it supports is the cost of test strips. Their prohibitive cost restricts the number of children that can monitor their diabetes appropriately. 

IDF’s translational research programme sees surge in applications

The 4th round of funding for IDF’s BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) programme came to a close on February 15.

Social justice for vulnerable communities

IDF joins the UN in marking World Social Justice Day on 20 February and supports UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for the world to “chart a development path that leads to greater social justice”.

BRIDGES project shows that diabetes risk factors in young Sri Lankans are much higher than previously thought

Scientists at King's College London and the National Diabetes Centre (Sri Lanka) have found evidence of a high number of risk factors for type 2 diabetes among the young urban population in Sri Lanka. The study is the first large-scale investigation into diabetes risk among children and young people in South Asia, and provides further evidence that the region is rapidly becoming a hotspot in the growing international diabetes epidemic.

IDF Europe & Danish EU Presidency discuss ways to reduce diabetes burden

The London School of Economics (LSE) released their policy recommendations on Reducing the Burden of Diabetes in Europe at an event held at the European Parliament, 25 January 2012 hosted by Danish MEP, Christel Schaldemose and the Danish Diabetes Association represented by CEO Henrik Nedergaard. 

Six priority health issues for Danish EU Presidency

From January 1 until June 30, Denmark will hold the presidency of the EU. It is the seventh time the country has assumed the rotating presidency.

Pia Olsen Dyr, acting Danish Health Minister, presented the presidency’s prioties to the respective committees of the European Parliament between 23 and 26 January.

Latest Programme update showcases LFAC work in Central and South Asia

The latest update of the IDF Life for a Child Programme is now available for download in English and French. The January 2012 edition focuses on Central and South Asia with information on the latest activities of the Programme in Azerbaijan, India and Nepal.

Life for a Child is currently supporting over 8,000 children in 36 countries, the latest being Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kenya.

Dubai marks the largest World Diabetes Congress in IDF history

A total of 15,100 participants were recorded at the World Diabetes Congress 2011 in Dubai, making this Congress the largest in IDF history. The attendance rate is a 20% increase on the previous IDF Congress held in 2009 in Montreal.

Sri Lankan diabetes awareness campaign receives global acknowledgement

A diabetes awareness campaign developed by the Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka - a member association of IDF - for World Diabetes Day 2011 has been recognised as one of the best global advertisements for the week of January 11 by the website