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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.


Gender roles and power dynamics influence vulnerability to diabetes, affect access to health services and health seeking behaviour for women, and amplify the impact of diabetes on women.

Diabetes issues in women’s health include:

Our Track Record

Global awareness and advocacy

IDF has achieved substantial progress in placing women and diabetes on the global health and development agenda.

The Political Declaration on NCDs, adopted unanimously at the UN High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in 2011, includes specific language on maternal and women’s health.

Our Partners and Allies

  • The NCD Alliance: IDF formed the NCD Alliance in 2009 with our three sister federations – the Union for International Cancer Control, World Heart Federation and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. We came together to fill a political niche for collaboration and joint advocacy on NCDs. In March 2011, the NCD Alliance and IDF released a report on NCDs and women’s health as a development issue, and continue to work together on the topic.

Our Activities

Activities of the Women and Diabetes Programme fit within four broad categories: