Health Delivery


Half a cheer for success in the fight against complications

We must never forget that it’s not all bad news that the number of people living with diabetes in the world continues to rise. At least some of this has a good news element – people with diabetes are living longer (albeit many with established complications). There are some grounds for muted celebration in the battle against diabetes complications – just half a cheer for the moment. The burden is still too formidable and there is too much uncertainty about the present position to merit more than that.

Thriving, not just surviving

Until recently, survival rates for children with diabetes in many African countries were dismal – few survived to adulthood. Now, due to dedicated efforts of local centers, supported by IDF Life for a Child Programme (LFAC) and other programmes, this situation is happily changing. Numbers are rapidly rising in various countries. But what happens when these young people age-out of these programmes, which by necessity have age limits as otherwise they cannot support newly-diagnosed children?

WINGS GDM publications

Encontrar una cura: ¿Debería ser nuestro principal objetivo en la diabetes tipo 1?

Should a cure be our primary target for type 1 diabetes?

It is possible, of course, to quibble with the wording of the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) mission statement in that “a cure” (singular) for diabetes is highly unlikely ever to be achieved, despite all our best efforts.

Diapedia: a better way of learning about diabetes

Global “food insecurity” report

Diabetes Voice asked three representatives from the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme (YLD) to report on the issue of “food insecurity” and its effect on children in their home countries. Food insecurity may be defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Getting it right for kids with diabetes – everywhere

Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood, and the number of children developing type 1 diabetes is growing rapidly. Overall, type 1 diabetes in children worldwide is increasing 3% annually (79,100), with the greatest incidence documented in Europe and the North America and Caribbean Region.

Assurer une prise en charge efficace des personnes atteintes de diabète LADA

Le diabète sous toutes ses formes est l'une des maladies non transmissibles les plus prévalentes, avec des millions de personnes affectées à travers le monde. Pour 2013, la Fédération Internationale du Diabète estime à 8,3 % le nombre d'adultes ou à 382 millions le nombre de personnes actuellement atteintes d'une forme ou l'autre de diabète. Ce nombre devrait dépasser les 592 millions d'ici 2025.

Getting it right for people with LADA

In all its forms, diabetes is one of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases affecting millions of people around the world. For 2013, the International Diabetes Federation estimates that 8.3 percent of adults or 382 million people are currently living with one form of diabetes or another. This number is projected to rise beyond 592 million by 2025. At the present time, the burden of diabetes is severe causing a range of preventable complications and resulting in more than five million deaths each year.1