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Our Aims

The Women and Diabetes Programme aims to:

  • Build the evidence base
  • Raise global awareness and commitments
  • Strengthen gender responsive health systems
  • Empower women as key agents in the fight against diabetes

The aims of the Women and Diabetes Programme are framed within the commitment IDF made to the UN Every Women Every Child initiative, which was launched by the UN Secretary General to put into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health:

About women and diabetes

In 2009, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) launched the Women and Diabetes Programme, to build global support for women living with diabetes. There were an estimated 184 million women with diabetes in 2013 and this number is expected to rise to 288 million by 2030. As a federation of over 230 national diabetes associations 170 countries and territories, IDF is in a unique position to promote the women and diabetes agenda.

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The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is the global advocate for the 415 million people with diabetes worldwide. It represents over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. Our mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. The International Diabetes Federation is an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization and the Pan-American Health Organization. We are also an associated NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information. The International Diabetes Federation leads the World Diabetes Day campaign.

Media & Events

Promoting the work of IDF and our related programmes to a wider audience through the media is a vital part of our work.

We strive to provide both online and print media with timely and pertinent information. Please use the menu on the left of this page to find out more information.

you can contact the IDF press office here or on +32-2-543-1639

Who we are

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950.



Risk factors

The risk factors for type 1 diabetes are still being researched. However, having a family member with type 1 diabetes slightly increases the risk of developing the disease. Environmental factors and exposure to some viral infections have also been linked to the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

Women and Diabetes

IDF’s dedicated programme on women and diabetes was launched in 2009 to support the 181 million women with diabetes worldwide. It aims to put women with diabetes high onto the global health and development agenda.