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Diabetes education in Africa: what we need to know

Education is the cornerstone of diabetes care and management. Yet while many health-care professionals subscribe to this idea, it is not applied universally. In developing countries in particular, much work remains to be done in order to improve the content, structure and provision of diabetes education. Margueritte de Clerck looks at education needs in Africa and makes some recommendations on the role and responsibilities of fellow health-care professionals, particularly those who work in low-income countries.

The diabetes community needs you

President's editorial

The impact of the 2006 World Diabetes Congress on South Africa

There is great significance in choosing an African venue to host the coming International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress: the problems encountered by people with diabetes in Africa closely reflect those experienced by people with the condition in much of the rest of the developing world. While people with diabetes in many developed countries – with free access to an increasing range of modern diabetes supplies and analogue human insulins – strive for excellence

New world leaders

President's editorial

Gambling with addiction: dangerous beliefs about smoking and diabetes

Smoking among people with diabetes parallels that of the general population. However, compared to non-smokers with diabetes, people with diabetes who smoke have twice the risk of premature death. The risk of complications associated with tobacco use and diabetes in combination are nearly 14 times higher than the risk

The global health and economic impact of tobacco

Tobacco kills half of its regular users, exacts a considerable toll in terms of disease, disability and suffering, and has a profoundly negative impact on family incomes and national economies. In this article, Derek Yach emphasizes the size of these impacts globally and in particular in China.

Time to stop - for good

Editor-in-chief's editorial

Learning to do the right thing

President's editorial

IDF communications: 100% online

Since its re-launch in mid 2001, the website of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has increased its user base by more than 1000 new users per month. The statistics tell a positive story: in both October and November 2004, the website attracted more than 60 000 visitors – resulting in more than one million page views over the two months. Over 90% of our publications are now sold through our online bookshop. We believe that the website is fast establishing itself as a significant online service for the global diabetes community.

19th World Diabetes Congress, Cape Town 2006

The 19th World Diabetes Congress, organized by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 3-7 December 2006. This conference is special in terms both of its organization and its focus. A combination of in-house congress management and the close involvement of African diabetes organizations will ensure that the conference provides a popular and productive forum for the discussion of a broad range of diabetes issues of local and global relevance. The IDF Congress Unit reports.

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