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Virtual conferencing technology: tomorrow's world congress?

In 2006, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will hold its 19th World Diabetes Congress. The congress will be organized from the Congress Unit located in the IDF Executive Office in Brussels. A lead time of more than 3 years seems very comfortable. However, the role of technology in the organization of congresses is growing. To properly prepare for the event, we must keep up with the latest developments and anticipate that some of them – however ridiculously far fetched they seem today – may become a reality in just a few years time.

A new Diabetes Atlas: new data, new hope

"More than 300 million people world wide are at risk of developing diabetes, and the disease's economic impact in some hard-hit countries could be higher than that of the AIDS pandemic, diabetes experts warned." Reuters, 25 August 2003. This was the thrust of an article which was read by people all over the world on the day on which the second edition of the Diabetes Atlas was launched by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

A united stand on the diabetic foot: ISDF 2003

Too many of the nearly 200 million people in the world with diabetes suffer from diabetes-related foot complications. As a result, the impact on their quality of life is massive. The loss of a foot or part of a leg is the devastating end result of one

Make more noise: forging links with the media

Opinions are divided as to the positive and negative aspects of the growth in the reach and power of the media. Good or bad, the dramatic evolution of the media has undoubtedly created some interesting opportunities for campaign and advocacy organizations that wish to develop links with the media in order to spread their message. Stijn Deceukelier looks at ways in which diabetes associations can maximize contacts with the media.

World Diabetes Day: a holistic approach to raising awareness

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the focus of the principal global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. The events of 14 November widely contribute to raising awareness of the considerable human and societal costs of a health condition which, despite affecting around 200 million people around the world, is often inadequately addressed or indeed ignored. In this article, Lorenzo Piemonte reports on the growing significance of this key date in the diabetes calendar.

Mountains, inspiration and conquering diabetes

"Some things are quite beyond the reach of the imagination. When Jerry Gore describes life clinging to a 1500 m cliff in sub-zero temperatures in one of the remotest corners of the earth, the mind struggles to conjure up the image." So began the motivational presentations to business of the mountaineer, Jerry Gore. However, despite many years' experience overcoming extreme and challenging conditions in the mountains, when Jerry, aged 40 years, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he felt as if one of his life-lines had been severed.

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