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Diabetes advocacy in 2012 - highlights, achievements and progress

When world leaders met at the 2011 UN High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and adopted the UN Political Declaration on NCD Prevention and Control, the global health and development landscape changed forever. Diabetes and the related NCDs were recognised as a ‘major 21st century challenge’ and governments signed up to a set of commitments for action covering the spectrum of prevention, treatment and care. As one of the earliest voices to call for the Summit and an instrumental player during preparations, IDF is proud to have been at the heart of this sea change.

The Public Library of Science: opening access to medical research

There are thousands of medical journals worldwide, many of them publishing articles that report diabetes-relevant research. The growth of Internet publishing has made this knowledge universally available – in theory. However, the contents of peer-reviewed medical journals are beyond the reach of most of the world’s healthcare providers and indeed most people with diabetes. Publishers limit access to the latest research findings to those institutions and individuals that can afford to pay for it.

Childhood obesity: the unacceptable price of successful marketing

Children around the world are becoming increasingly vulnerable to overweight and obesity. The International Obesity Taskforce estimates that around 45 million of the world’s school-age children are obese – about 3% of the population of children under 5 years old. It is widely recognized that the modern transformation of lifestyles, including widespread sedentary behaviours and dramatic increases in the consumption of foods that are high in fat and sugar and low in nutrients, are behind the pandemic of obesity-related conditions, including type 2 diabetes.

New data, fresh perspectives: Diabetes Atlas, Third Edition

The third edition of the Diabetes Atlas was launched in December 2006, at the 19th World Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in Cape Town, South Africa. The aim of the Atlas, which has been described as the flagship publication of IDF, is to provide the most recent and accurate information on diabetes in 2007 and provide estimates of the likely impact of the condition up to 2025. Its purpose is to disseminate the most up-to-date and salient facts concerning the scope, impact and burden of diabetes globally and on a regional and country-by-country basis.

Cape Town 2006: a global event with a focus on Africa and the developing world

When IDF brings together the global diabetes community at a World Diabetes Congress, it does so with a number of key objectives, which include raising overall diabetes awareness, sharing innovative ideas and best practices, and helping to build and consolidate networks – in line with the Federation’s mission to promote care, prevention and a cure for diabetes worldwide.

Staging an effective awareness-raising campaign with limited resources

The Philippines, with a population of 76.5 million, is considered a developing country. Health services are provided by the state through health centres, local clinics and hospitals, as well as private-sector health facilities. While WHO recommends that countries should spend at least 5% of their GNP for health, the Philippines health budget is only around 3.4% of the country’s GNP (264 million USD) – compared with the military’s budget of 566 million USD.

Promoting care in underserved communities: launching World Diabetes Day in Karachi

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Pakistan had 6.2 million people with diabetes in 2003. By 2025 this number is expected to reach 11.6 million. Another 6 million or more people currently suffer from impaired glucose tolerance. This makes the diabetes population in Pakistan the seventh largest in the world and, if the predictions are accurate, it will take fourth place by 2025. In Pakistan, deaths from diabetes alone are projected to increase by 51% over the next 10 years. These figures make diabetes an epidemic – one which places an enormous

From practice and research to large-scale implementation: the 3rd DAWN summit

The Diabetes Attitudes Wishes and Needs (DAWN) programme was launched in 2001 with the global DAWN study. Initiated by Novo Nordisk in partnership with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and an international expert advisory board, the DAWN programme aims to respond to shortcomings in diabetes care; less than half of the people who are diagnosed with diabetes worldwide reach optimal health and quality of life. The 3rd DAWN summit, which was held recently in Florence, Italy, gathered 900 experts, people with diabetes, policy-makers

The role of IAPO in improving healthcare worldwide

The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) is a global coalition of patient groups, representing people of all nationalities and across all disease areas, which promotes patient-centred healthcare. The members of IAPO are organizations that at the local, national, regional and international levels support patients and their families and carers. Emma Rigby describes the objectives, work and achievements of IAPO, and focuses on the promotion of patient-centred healthcare – a central aspect of the Alliance’s mission and

Preventing vascular diseases in the emerging world: a multidisciplinary approach

From December 12-15, leaders from the International Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Hypertension, the World Heart Federation, the International Diabetes Federation, and the International Atherosclerosis Society met for a three-day conference on the prevention of vascular diseases, namely diabetes, kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. The aims of the meeting were to bring together all the vascular specialties to lay out the parameters of the chronic disease problem and seek ways to reduce their burden particularly in the developing world.

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