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Simon Busuttil wins MEP Award in Health

Member of European Parliament Simon Busuttil was awarded the 2012 MEP of the Year Award in the Health category for his continuous and successful efforts to put diabetes on the EU agenda.

The award was presented by EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic at a ceremony in Brussels yesterday evening in recognition of Simon Busuttil’s work in the European Parliament to improve the lives of people living with diabetes in Europe.

João Nabais becomes IDF Europe President

João Manuel Valente Nabais has taken over as IDF Europe President on 23 September 2012 in Lisbon.

The new President officially took over from Chris Delicata during the IDF Europe General Assembly and Together We Are Stronger Meetings which took place in the Portuguese capital from 21 to 23 September. After 9 years of services for IDF Europe, Chris Delicata will join the Board of IDF Global as Vice President as from January 2012.

CEO Comments: One year after the ball

In May 2011, I declared that diabetes was no longer the “Cinderella” of global health, but that we had bought a pair of glass slippers and were dressing for the ball. That ball, held in New York over the 19-20 September 2011, was the historic UN High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

Flash mob for diabetes: Let's Beat It!

In 2011, over 30 countries participated in the first World Diabetes Day flash mob challenge. This year we're continuing the initiative and hope to see even more individuals and associations raise diabetes awareness in a fun and entertaining way.

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!