The first-ever Global Diabetes Scorecard to measure government commitments on diabetes has been unveiled by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) at the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.
Despite the historic commitments made at the United Nations Summit  on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in 2011, countries are still lacking the means to hold governments accountable for their pledges.
IDF’s Global Diabetes Scorecard will track progress for action for the first time. It will enable IDF and its network of Member Associations to hold governments accountable to the UN Political Declaration on NCD Prevention and Control, and Global Targets set to be adopted  at the 66th World Health Assembly. These agreements are a historic pledge to take action which, if fulfilled, will result in tangible change for people with diabetes today. As the experience of the HIV/AIDS community has shown, accountability and civil society monitoring will be crucial to ensure commitments translate into action.
The Scorecard will measure progress on four key elements – prevention, treatment, rights and political leadership, – critical for an effective national response to diabetes. The Scorecard will show which countries and regions are succeeding, failing, and where further action or support is needed.
Developed through extensive consultation with IDF’s regional and national network and external experts in global health, the Scorecard is a comprehensive tool that will be relevant in all countries. It will have the scope for adaptation within other disease communities, and within the future development agenda when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire.
As part of the production process, IDF's 200 Member Associations will take part in workshops dedicated to the Scorecard at the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne from December 2-6. The Scorecard will offcially be launched in parallel to the UN Secretary General’s first-ever Progress Report on NCDs in December 2013.
IDF will align data collection and monitoring to official UN and World Health Organisation (WHO) timelines, supporting and guiding governments to drive real change for diabetes.
Download a snapshot of the Global Diabetes Scorecard here .
IDF gratefully acknowledges the support of Bupa  – the international healthcare group – in the project.