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Talking shop at the ICDM meeting in Mexico

Diabetes magazines are important sources of information and motivation for people with diabetes. How to keep improving them and spreading their influence came under the spotlight in Mexico last November.

Website for kids offer support

With the advent of the internet and the World Wide Web came the perfect medium to unite families who have children with diabetes. Highly interactive, always available, I realized that the World Wide Web is ideal for an online community. In July 1995, I created Children with Diabetes, childrenwithdiabetes.com, the world’s first website devoted to families with children with diabetes.

The good news and the bad

Editor-in-Chief's editorial

Russian site offers wide range of services

One cannot think of today’s world without computers and the internet. This is only natural – the internet alone creates immense opportunities for establishing and managing a global structure that could generate almost all known forms of human communication and cooperation and serve an unlimited number of users simultaneously. This article makes an attempt at showing the practical potential of the internet by looking at an existing structure.

DOTA steps up activities

The Declaration of the Americas on Diabetes (DOTA) programme has been endorsed by all nations in the Americas to combat the rising tide of diabetes prevalence. Since its inception in 1996, DOTA has piloted many successful programmes in various member countries.

Empowerment and how it can be implemented: the role of diabetes associations

The definitions of empowerment are many but less varied. They all tend to refer to a ‘process’. In this article, Mr Bjørnar Allgot, Norway, briefly analyses the concept of empowerment and gives guidelines as to how this process can be achieved. Finally, as IDF Vice President, Mr Allgot sees the need for the International Diabetes Federation to create an effective tool for evaluating empowerment which can be used by member associations around the world.

German website: a stamp of quality

In the face of rising diabetes prevalence in Germany, empowerment of people with diabetes and access to information is especially needed for the prevention of the condition itself, as well as its complications. To this end, a cooperative effort between the National Ministry of Health, the German Diabetes Research Institute and the two national diabetes organizations, Deutsche Diabetes-Gesellschaft (DDG) and the Deutsche Diabetes Union (DDU), has created a new website offering up-to-date and quality assured information for people with diabetes and healthcare professionals alike.

Canadian Diabetes Association's best information provider

There are numerous benefits to accessing diabetes information on the internet. It provides the latest scientific information and guidelines, allowing users to overcome geographic barriers. The information is relatively inexpensive and easy to find and is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Here are two examples of websites from different corners of the globe.

Children reaching children: the Diabetic Counsellors in Training

The success of the Diabetic Counsellors in Training (CiTs) programme has not only been recognized locally but also internationally. The counsellors presented their programme at last year’s Pan Africa Congress held in Johannesburg and again at the 17th IDF Congress in Mexico City. At both congresses, their presentation received standing ovation. What is this revolutionary and dynamic movement out of Johannesburg, South Africa?

Turning policy into action

Mr Luc Hendrickx is the new executive director of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). He holds degrees in linguistics and business management, and worked for 10 years in a similar organization in oncology before joining IDF on September 1. Luc was one of the founders and first president of the Associations Conference Forum, an international organization for communications and networking among association executives in conference management.

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