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WDD 2016 around the world

World Diabetes Day (WDD) has been celebrated as the official awareness day for diabetes for 25 years, since 1991.  IDF and the World Health Organization created the initiative in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes worldwide. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

IDF School of Diabetes: Tackling diabetes through education

World Diabetes Day 2016 on 14 November marks the launch of the International Diabetes Federation’s School of Diabetes, a flagship initiative of the Federation to help address the gaps that currently exist in the provision of quality care for people with diabetes around the world. Diabetes Voice spoke to IDF President Dr Shaukat Sadikot about the IDF School of Diabetes and what it will achieve.


Why screen for type 2 diabetes?

It is well known that the number of people with diabetes is increasing rapidly across the globe such that in 2015, IDF estimated there were 415 million adults living with diabetes, the vast majority of whom have type 2 diabetes. What is not so well known is that almost half of all people living with diabetes do not know they have it.


Diabetic retinopathy: from evidence and promise to real life observations

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most feared complications of diabetes and one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the working age population in developed countries. As the number of people with diabetes increases worldwide, the number of people who are at risk for developing retinopathy increases, too.

Regional Report: Racing to beat diabetes in Brazil

The Race to Beat Diabetes, an annual promotion by the Institute for Children with Diabetes (ICD), reached its 18th milestone in 2016. Thousands of people gathered at the Moinhos de Ventos Park in Porto Alegre, Brazil on June 5, 2016.

Diabetes care model in a lower middle-income country: Bangladesh

In developing countries there is lack of organized care for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and pulmonary disease, even though these diseases have become the leading cause of death in the world. Like so many developing countries, the prevalence of diabetes in Bangladesh is on the rise and was estimated at 7.4% by IDFs Diabetes Atlas in 2015.

Type 1 diabetes paediatric care challenge in Bolivia

Children and young people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in Bolivia, a country situated in the heart of South America, have limited access to care, insulin, and supplies including glucometers, test strips, and syringes for injecting insulin.

Estimating the national and global costs of diabetes

This article sets out to do a number of things. First, it will revisit the rationale and methods of estimating the national and global costs of diabetes as included in the early editions of IDF’s Atlas. It will also comment on the ways in which these methods have developed in more recent editions and outline a number of potential misinterpretations of disease-specific cost data.

Q&A: five questions on the 2015 IDF Diabetes Atlas

Meet Professor Nam Han Cho, President-Elect of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the Chair of the IDF Diabetes Atlas Committee for the 7th edition, who welcomed the opportunity to answer our questions about the new IDF Diabetes Atlas, and the methodology used to generate estimates.


Overcoming diabetes stigma and healthcare inequality

Our world needs an initiative like the Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) programme and our goal is clear. We exist because we are helping to build awareness about diabetes worldwide and give young people with diabetes the opportunity for a healthy future.


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