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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.

The year of the diabetic foot and beyond

The increasing global incidence of diabetes continues to provoke a corresponding increase in numbers of disabling and potentially life-threatening complications. Those affecting people’s feet are among the most feared. The amputation of a limb is one of the most costly of the diabetes complications in terms both of health economics and the devastating impact it has on people’s lives.

This is where we stand: the IDF position statements

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) continues to prepare and release the Federation’s position statements. Requests are received regularly for the opinion of IDF on topics as varied and, at times, controversial as sucrose and alcohol consumption. Martin Silink and Anne Pierson offer us an update on the position of IDF on the current diabetes issues.

Advocacy for health: lessons from the anti-tobacco campaign

A newspaper columnist in the UK recently grumbled that, ‘The anti-smoking groundswell seems to have come from nowhere. Why didn’t it occur in 2000 or 1996 or 1986?’ He admitted to being a smoker, and wondered why he was becoming a ‘social pariah’. The reality, of course, is that the health risks of smoking have been known for more than a generation; that the health community has long been demanding a public policy approach to effective tobacco control, and that political change – especially concerning sensitive and contested issues – takes time.

The IDF Atlas online: a key diabetes resource

The online version of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, the e-atlas, is a key resource for all those with an interest in the health impact of diabetes at national, regional and global levels. The e-atlas covers a range of subjects, including epidemiology and health economics, and offers more than 200 diabetes references and data sources.

The 1st International Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome

The enormous impact of the metabolic syndrome on public health, and the exciting progress made in research into this field recently, led to the organization of the ‘1st

IDF communications: 100% online

Since its re-launch in mid 2001, the website of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has increased its user base by more than 1000 new users per month. The statistics tell a positive story: in both October and November 2004, the website attracted more than 60 000 visitors – resulting in more than one million page views over the two months. Over 90% of our publications are now sold through our online bookshop. We believe that the website is fast establishing itself as a significant online service for the global diabetes community.

19th World Diabetes Congress, Cape Town 2006

The 19th World Diabetes Congress, organized by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 3-7 December 2006. This conference is special in terms both of its organization and its focus. A combination of in-house congress management and the close involvement of African diabetes organizations will ensure that the conference provides a popular and productive forum for the discussion of a broad range of diabetes issues of local and global relevance. The IDF Congress Unit reports.

Karachi, 2004: Diabetes in Asia

The rising prevalence of diabetes in Asia demands effective strategies to combat and relieve the burden to health posed by this condition – now described as an epidemic. To this end, for the past 5 years the Diabetes in Asia conferences have brought together experts in diabetes-related fields, such as nutrition, nursing, education and endocrinology. These meetings serve to elevate the awareness of diabetes in Asia, promote preventative measures, and improve diabetes care. The fifth Diabetes in Asia conference was held in Karachi, Pakistan this year. Supported