BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is an International Diabetes Federation programme, supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes. It funds translational research projects in primary and secondary prevention of diabetes to provide the opportunity to ‘translate’ lessons learned from clinical research to those who can benefit most: people affected by diabetes.

BRIDGES is currently supporting projects in five countries in the IDF Africa Region.

Diabetes Africa Foot Initiative (DAFI)

An International Diabetes Federation (IDF) programme aimed at preventing lower-extremity amputations in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Diabetes Africa Foot Initiative (DAFI) is a multi-stakeholder partnership that will develop a comprehensive, affordable and sustainable foot screening programme for the region. Read more.

D-NET Education Network for Health Professionals

D-NET is the first international forum aimed at enhancing diabetes education and management around the globe. It is a place for health professionals to connect, find support, share best practices, and discover learning opportunities. D-NET is also designed to enable members to access emerging evidence and diabetes resources.

The "Education in Africa" group is a public forum that provides a space for educators from the African Region to discuss and share experiences on a numbers of education programmes and  other education issues. The Education in Africa group will be a useful tool to encourage and support diabetes education in the region. Go to your D-NET profile and join the forum!

Eye on sub-Saharan Africa: Conversation Maps™

The Sub Saharan Africa Diabetes Conversations project is part of the global Diabetes Conversations Programme. The Conversation Map™ tools were developed by Healthy Interactions in collaboration with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and supported by Lilly Diabetes. IDF is currently responsible for the operational aspects of the project in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Sub Saharan Africa Diabetes Conversation project started in 2011. It now spans over 18 countries and is implemented by 28 Expert Trainers. To date, 1762 facilitators have been trained, 313 institutions have reported using Conversation Map™ tools and over 12,000 people with diabetes have attended the Conversation Map™ sessions.

Conversation Maps™ expert trainers in Sub-Saharan Africa.