First Global Diabetes Plan launched on eve of UN NCD Summit

Latest figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reveal that currently 366 million people have diabetes, 4.6 million deaths are due to diabetes and US$ 465 billion is spent on care for diabetes. This disease is one of the century’s greatest health challenges and remains on a relentlessly upwards trajectory. 

IDF has brought together world experts to develop a coherent framework of action to respond to the diabetes challenge and halt avoidable deaths as well as improve the lives of people with diabetes. These cost-effective solutions for action by governments, health care professionals and the global diabetes community are presented in IDF’s Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021.

Launched in New York on the eve of the landmark United Nations High-Level Summit on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) taking place on 19-20 September, the Global Diabetes Plan calls on the UN and its agencies, governments, civil society, the private sector and the global diabetes community to turn the tide of diabetes now.

The Plan sets out the evidence, cost effective solutions and tools in a coherent framework for action and represents the consensus of the global diabetes community.