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Education is an integral component of the diabetes management and care. All health professionals need access to proven, effective, professional education about diabetes.

Resources produced by the Diabetes Education Consultative Section (DECS) for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) are designed to improve the profile of education and the expertise of diabetes educators and other health professionals.

Currently, these resources consist of the following:


IDF President addresses Commonwealth Health Ministers

Speaking in Geneva on 15 May, IDF President Jean Claude Mbanya made the keynote address at the opening session of the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Meeting. In his speech, titled “NCDs and the Commonwealth: Changing the Future”, the IDF President recalled the growing global dimensions of the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which now kills 36 million people every year.

One year anniversary of UN vote for Summit on NCDs

13 May 2010 - a date I won’t forget in a hurry. It was a year ago today that UN Member States unanimously voted to hold the first ever UN High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in September 2011. We weren’t exactly taken by surprise. IDF had been calling for such a Summit since January 2009 and had lobbied hard with our member associations and NCD Alliance partners to get that decision. But we were surprised that so many UN Member States – around 130 – cosponsored the resolution, showing their deliberate support for the Summit. And it certainly happened faster than we expected.

Joining forces on climate change and NCD prevention in Sydney

Two hot topics came under the spotlight at an IDF-led international gathering in Sydney, Australia. On 5-7 May, the University of Sydney hosted a Worldwide University Network (WUN) Workshop to explore links between Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevention and aspects of climate change. IDF co-hosted the event, with IDF Vice-President Ruth Colagiuri heading the proceedings.

Position Statement: Self-Management Education

Diabetes Self-Management Education: A Right for All

January 2011

Blue Circle Champions

IDF's Blue Circle Champions are high profile individuals who have been touched by diabetes in one way or another.

We look to our Champions to inspire the over 382 million people living with diabetes today and bring awareness to this silent killer.


Facts and Figures

  • In 2013, there were an estimated 184 million women with diabetes. By 2030, this number is expected to rise to 288 million.
  • Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year.
  • Sixty percent of the world’s poor are women, twice as many women as men suffer from malnutrition, and two thirds of illiterate adults are women.


IDF and our partners in the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (NCDA) have brought together expert thinking and practical experience of NCDs and their common risk factors to draw up a detailed programme of action which we believe UN Member States should consider as a template for a strong Outcomes Document.


Socioeconomic determinants are the conditions in which people live; where they are born, grow up, live, work, and age. These conditions affect a person’s health and vulnerability to disease, including diabetes, and may vary by wealth, social status and gender.