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Life for a Child film wins award at Houston International Film Festival

'In the Hearts of Africa', the second in the Life for a Child documentary film series, has been awarded the Silver Medal at the Houston International Film Festival, which recently took place on 8-17 April.

Filmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, "In the Hearts of Africa" features children with type 1 diabetes in the country, following their day-to-day lives as they struggle to survive in the impoverished capital city of Kinshasa.

Newsletter May 2011

Programme highlights

The scientific programme is shaping up well and we are proud to have renowned experts with us:

Clinical and Basic Science

  • HbA1c for diagnosis – progress or the wrong direction? – (Debate)
    Speaker Dr Robert Ratner, 6 December 2011 11:45
  • Stressing out the ß-cell – (Symposium)
    Speaker Dr. Chris Rhodes, 6 December 2011 08:30

Education and Integrated Care

WDD 2011: Act on Diabetes. Now.

Act on Diabetes. Now.

The World Diabetes Day 2011 campaign marks the third year of the International Diabetes Federation's five-year focus on "Diabetes education and prevention," the theme chosen for the period 2009-2013.

2011 is a milestone year for the over 300 million people living with diabetes.

IDF President addresses Commonwealth Health Ministers

Speaking in Geneva on 15 May, IDF President Jean Claude Mbanya made the keynote address at the opening session of the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Meeting. In his speech, titled “NCDs and the Commonwealth: Changing the Future”, the IDF President recalled the growing global dimensions of the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which now kills 36 million people every year.

One year anniversary of UN vote for Summit on NCDs

13 May 2010 - a date I won’t forget in a hurry. It was a year ago today that UN Member States unanimously voted to hold the first ever UN High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in September 2011. We weren’t exactly taken by surprise. IDF had been calling for such a Summit since January 2009 and had lobbied hard with our member associations and NCD Alliance partners to get that decision. But we were surprised that so many UN Member States – around 130 – cosponsored the resolution, showing their deliberate support for the Summit. And it certainly happened faster than we expected.


Joining forces on climate change and NCD prevention in Sydney

Two hot topics came under the spotlight at an IDF-led international gathering in Sydney, Australia. On 5-7 May, the University of Sydney hosted a Worldwide University Network (WUN) Workshop to explore links between Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevention and aspects of climate change. IDF co-hosted the event, with IDF Vice-President Ruth Colagiuri heading the proceedings.

BRIDGES 4th round of funding launched

The 4th round of funding for the IDF BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) global grant programme is now open. This round is dedicated to short term projects (maximum 2 years and USD 65.000). The deadline to complete the application form is 15 February 2012.

Life for a Child receives support from T1D Exchange

The International Diabetes Federation is delighted to announce that T1D Exchange - a type 1 diabetes data exchange will support IDF’s Life for a Child Programme. T1D is a new not for profit project that hopes to become the largest type 1 diabetes study ever. It comprises of three components; a clinical registry, biobank, and web-based patient portal.

IDF releases position paper on bariatric surgery

The International Diabetes Federation has released its Position Statement on Bariatric Surgery. The Paper calls for bariatric surgery to be considered earlier in the treatment of eligible patients, to help stem the serious complications that can result from diabetes. The position paper was presented to leading experts at the 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes in New York on 28 March.

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