Health Delivery


Early detection and timely treatment can prevent or delay diabetic retinopathy

The increased prevalence of diabetes means that more and more people are also developing diabetes complications, such as diabetic retinopathy.

Cost-effective and cost-saving interventions for prevention and control of diabetes

Diabetes imposes large economic burdens on national healthcare systems across the world. In 2015, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimated that 415 million adults aged 20 to 79 years had diabetes and USD 673 billion was spent to treat diabetes and its related complications. This accounted for 11.6% of the total health expenditure worldwide.

Insulin in 2016: challenge and constraints to access

Insulin was discovered in 1921, first used by an individual with type 1 diabetes in 1922 and then became widely available in the “Western world”. Challenges of access to insulin have been documented and these relate mainly to issues of availability, price and affordability, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

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.