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Taking big steps - a look back at World Diabetes Day 2013

In the spirit of patient centeredness


Angus Forbes

Are the latest treatment innovations enough for people living with diabetes in the 21st century? How can the medical profession utilise current technologies and treatment innovations without losing touch with patient values and the power of compassion and insight?

Prioritising diabetes on the global agenda


Linong Ji

Understanding the complex nature of diabetes

Incidence. Prevalence. Risk factors. Outcomes. We hear these words frequently in relation to diabetes and their impact on our world, but are we learning how certain patterns, and trends are associated with the global diabetes epidemic? Are we able to see the big picture, which now totals more than 371 million people living with diabetes worldwide?

Diversity, debate and new directions

Targeting today’s most contemporary issues, the Basic and Clinical Science Stream may provide this year’s Congress with the biggest buzz, especially in areas of obesity, diabetes complications and new treatment strategies. A range of provocative topics including debates about driving type 2 diabetes prevention and bariatric surgery will be presented. Noteworthy speakers will discuss new treatment options for both types of diabetes and present the latest results of clinical trials. Mark Cooper and Sophia Zoungas talk about the exciting programme this year.


Breaking down barriers and living your dreams ... with diabetes

João Valente Nabais, President of the IDF European Region and development lead for the Living with Diabetes Stream, is passionate about the 2013 Melbourne programme. Living with type 1 diabetes since 1981, João has been an active diabetes advocate ever since his youth. This year, LWD delivers a unique opportunity for people to become inspired and work on realising dreams.

The Global Diabetes Forum: driving multisectoral partnerships for diabetes

Just three months after the UN High-Level Meeting on Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York and the adoption of the first ever UN Political Declaration on NCDs, IDF convened over 15,000 of the diabetes and global health community at the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai. In order to maximize this sequence of events, IDF held a unique event immediately prior to the official opening of the Congress.

The World Diabetes Congress in Dubai: a personal view

Dubai’s promotional tagline, ‘the meeting place of the world’, rang true last December, when more than 15,000 participants gathered there for the World Congress, making it the most successful Congress ever organized by IDF – and not only in terms of the number of people attending: net revenues from Dubai broke all records. But these impressive figures tell only a part of the story of an historic event that capped a stellar year for diabetes. In this report, Sir Michael Hirst offers his unique view, as both IDF President Elect and a person affected by diabetes, of the Dubai Congress.

The Middle East and North Africa Diabetes Leadership Forum

In December 2010, key stakeholders, leaders and highprofile speakers gathered in Dubai to discuss the overwhelming human and financial burden imposed on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by diabetes. The MENA Diabetes Leadership Forum, sponsored by Novo Nordisk and supported by IDF, was a high-level advocacy meeting aimed at confronting the diabetes epidemic in the region and exploring and sharing ways to tackle the issue at the highest level. The Forum was the fifth in a series of such meetings, with previous events in the USA, Russia, China and South Africa.

One Year to the UN's NCDs : IDF's roadmap

The countdown to the UN Summit on NC Ds has begun. With exactly one year to go, IDF launched the Diabetes Roadmap for the UN High-Level Summit on NCDs, which will ensure that this once-in-ageneration global platform moves the world from rhetoric to action on diabetes. Ann Keeling reports.

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