Cost-effective tobacco control measures

Tobacco consumption is the second leading risk factor for death worldwide. It is estimated that currently 4.9 million people die each year due to tobacco-related diseases and, if current trends in tobacco consumption continue, this death toll will double in 20 years. As research continues into the effects of tobacco on health, the list of conditions that are caused or compounded by tobacco has expanded. There is nowadays evidence that almost every organ in the body is affected by tobacco smoking. Effective control of tobacco consumption has been seen in

Keeping people's feet perfect

Guest editor's editorial

A good year for feet

President's editorial

The IDF Atlas online: a key diabetes resource

The online version of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, the e-atlas, is a key resource for all those with an interest in the health impact of diabetes at national, regional and global levels. The e-atlas covers a range of subjects, including epidemiology and health economics, and offers more than 200 diabetes references and data sources.

Diabetes Action Now: putting diabetes on the international agenda

Diabetes Action Now, a joint initiative of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to stimulate action to address the growing burden of diabetes, especially in low- and middle-income countries and communities. The programme, based at the World Health Organization offices in Geneva, Switzerland, is supported by WHO funds and a grant from the World Diabetes Foundation. As reported previously in Diabetes Voice, Diabetes Action

Fighting diabetes and obesity: what has been done so far?

The urgent need to tackle obesity and prevent type 2 diabetes is now widely acknowledged, particularly by the health ministers worldwide who in May 2004 gave their unanimous approval to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. Many health ministries around the world have policies to cope with these most pressing public health issues. But their detailed strategies are often unclear. Indeed, almost everywhere, national programmes to address obesity and diabetes are still under development.

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