Health organizations


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

Testing the limits - the double burden of diabetes and disaster


Why health matters to human development

Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme, reflects on the development agenda post-2015 and explains how better prevention and care of Non-communicable Diseases fit into her vision for a broader development goal thereby decreasing the threat NCDs pose to progress.

Guidelines for type 2 diabetes - designed to help newly diagnosed children and adolescents

The prevalence of childhood obesity has increased dramatically worldwide with potentially dire consequences to the health of children and to their future. Drs. Warren Lee of Singapore and Stuart Brink of the USA introduce the new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, explaining how the evidence-based recommendations are essential for all physicians involved in the care of children.

W.A.S.H. away the world’s dietary salt

The world’s current dietary salt consumption, more than twice the daily amount recommended, is rubbing the wound of declining public health. Increasing evidence suggests that a high salt intake may directly increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity through soft drink consumption, and many other preventable diseases, including cancers. Restricting dietary salt is even more critical for high-risk populations, such as diabetes.

Care, education, protection – the Associação Protectora dos Diabéticos de Portugal goes from strength to strength

The portuguese diabetes Association is the world’s oldest diabetes association and a senior member Association of the International diabetes federation. From the moment it was founded, early in the 20th century, to the present day, the Associação has been driven by a single overarching objective: to improve the quality of life of people with diabetes. Involved nationally in diabetes advocacy and the provision of education, as well as the delivery of care, Apdp has become a key player in the healthcare arena in portugal and its activities reach many thousands of people with diabetes.

Taking IDF into the 21st century – what got us here will not get us there!

We all know those maps in shopping malls that say “You Are Here.” They exist to orient us in unfamiliar territory, tell us where we are, where we want to go and how to get there. Organizations need guidance too. Like people, they do not have a built-in GPS system to help them take the right strategic direction every time. Sometimes, they have been going in a particular direction for some time without realizing they might have taken the wrong turn somewhere. Even the ones that seem successful on the outside may well struggle on the inside.

Tackling NCDs: a catalyst to strengthen country health systems – an interview with Badara Samb

In an exclusive interview with Diabetes Voice, Badara Samb, the World Health Organization’s Coordinator for Health Systems Strengthening, tells us why NCD programmes have remained at the bottom of the agenda for global health development and outlines the factors that limit countries' capacity to implement proven strategies for chronic diseases. Professor Samb is an experienced epidemiologist and public health physician, who started working with UNICEF early in his career, and later undertook research at INSERM and work with the UN on AIDS.

This is your IDF - looking back, moving forward

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has led the global diabetes community for 60 years. Founded in Amsterdam, Holland, on 23 September 1950, IDF spent some years in London, UK, before setting up headquarters at its current location in Brussels, Belgium. It has developed into an umbrella organization of around 200 national diabetes associations, representing the interests of the increasing number of people with diabetes and those at risk.

A multidisciplinary effort to improve the quality of chronic disease care

Although chronic diseases are leading causes of death and disability, they are neglected elements of the global health agenda. Of all deaths worldwide in 2005, 60% were caused by chronic diseases – principally cardiovascular diseases and diabetes (32%), cancer (13%), and chronic respiratory diseases (7%). Because the increase in chronic diseases is underappreciated, and their economic impact underestimated, many countries take little interest in their prevention, and leave the responsibility for management to individuals.