The world has finally entered a new era for diabetes. From New York to Beijing world leaders are now aware of the magnitude and impact of Non-communicable Diseases, including diabetes, and there is a real sense of urgency to act.
Dr Mahen Wijesuriya Hon. Secretary of Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka (DASL) tells us about his association, which he established in 1984.
Describe your Association
DASL started operating in 1984 in a private residence with the mission of promoting education and raising awareness on Diabetes Prevention nationwide. The establishment of the first National Diabetes Centre in 1995 enabled the introduction of a single visit screening for people living with diabetes to track further complications.
Tell us about your diabetes mission?
On September 19-20, 193 Member States came together for the first ever UN High-Level Summit on NCDs. Margaret Chan, WHO Director General, called the Summit a “watershed event”. IDF asked three members of the diabetes community for their thoughts on the Summit and how its outcomes will affect the lives of people with diabetes going forward.
The latest figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reveal that currently 366 million people have diabetes, 4.6 million deaths are due to diabetes and US$ 465 billion is spent on care for diabetes. This disease is one of the century’s greatest health challenges and remains on a relentlessly upwards trajectory.
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STATEMENT AT UN HIGH LEVEL MEETING ON NON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES 19-20 SEPTEMBER 2011
ROUND TABLE 2: STRENGTHENING NATIONAL CAPACITY TO ADDRESS PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF NCDS
By Ann Keeling, CEO International Diabetes Federation and Chair NCD Alliance
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The 2nd Call for Nominations for members of the next Board and Nominating Committee of the International Diabetes Federation is now open. Additional candidacies can be submitted until 9 October.
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By Ann Keeling, CEO International Diabetes Federation
This week history was made at the United Nations. World leaders agreed a Political Declaration at the first UN High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) that will change the global health and development landscape forever.
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On 19 September, world leaders gathered in New York unanimously adopted the Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), agreeing that “the global burden and threat of NCDs constitutes one of the major challenges for development in the twenty-first century, which undermi