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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.

WDD 2012 - Diabetes: protect our future

The World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign marks the fourth year of the five-year theme on “Diabetes education and prevention.”

The United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in September 2011 increased the urgency to take action on diabetes. We need to widen awareness of the factors responsible for the global diabetes and NCD epidemic and the solutions that are required to counter it.

BRIDGES extends reach into new countries

The 4th round of funding for BRIDGES, IDF’s translational research programme, has broken a new record with 57 applications received from 32 countries.

Following a rigorous screening of all proposed projects by international experts, nine projects have been selected and will be financially supported by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).  

New CEO Comments: Every mother counts. Every mother's life is precious

Ann Keeling, CEO of IDF blogs on the need to acknowledge diabetes as a maternal health issue.

IDF welcomes new Blue Circle Champion

IDF is delighted to introduce its newest Blue Circle Champion, Chef Sam Talbot.

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, Sam’s ultimate mission is to help anyone learn to live with diabetes.

Sam is author of ‘The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries’, a 75-recipe volume that includes tips for living with diabetes.

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.