Future Directions


Shaping the Future of Diabetes Prevention and Education

As the new chair of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint programme of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am excited about the opportunity to work with NDEP in its mission to improve diabetes treatment and outcomes, promote early diagnosis, and help people prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

A decade of progress to implement the DAWN 'Call to Action'


DAWN2: a multi-national, multi-stakeholder study and strong action platform to promote person-centred diabetes care

DAWN2 study results clarify greater need for psychosocial support and self-management education

DAWN2: from insights to action

DAWN2 study results - a sample of country reports

Looking forward to 2015 – a milestone for diabetes and development

At the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders made an historic promise to free people from extreme poverty and deprivation. This pledge turned into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education by the target date of 2015. This universal contract for eradicating poverty created awareness among the public and political leaders alike, and generated record flows of aid for health and development. But with the 2015 deadline approaching, what real progress has been made?

Ethiopian Diabetes Association – taking on diabetes against all odds

The Ethiopian Diabetes Association (EDA) was established in January 1984 in response to the growing problem of diabetes in the country. The role of the Ethiopian Medical Association in the establishment of the EDA has been fundamental. While the EDA is a legally registered charitable organization, which strives to improve the lives of people living with diabetes, its patron is the Ministry of Health.

Access to good care - just one of many, many challenges

In this section, we focus on the International Diabetes Federation Young Leaders project. Here, we profile Sana Ajmal, the group’s Vice-President, and a busy mother of two living in Karachi, Pakistan. Her day-to-day is an ongoing feat of multi-tasking: the constellation of duties and responsibilities of a family-home builder vie with the demands of Sana’s doctoral studies, as well as her health advocacy work with the Young Leaders – not to mention managing her type 1 diabetes.

Setting the advocacy agenda in a new dawn for diabetes and NCDs

2011 was undoubtedly a landmark year for diabetes and global health more broadly. The UN High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in September changed the global health and development landscape forever. Diabetes and NCDs finally reached prominence when 193 UN Member States adopted the Political Declaration on NCDs and agreed to a set of commitments that has the potential to accelerate coordinated global progress that has been lacking for so long.