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Position Statement: Self-Management Education

Diabetes Self-Management Education: A Right for All

January 2011

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Facts and Figures

  • In 2015, there were an estimated 199,5 million women with diabetes. By 2030, this number is expected to rise to 313,3 million.
  • IDF estimates that 20.9 million or 16.2% of live births to women in 2015 had some form of hyperglycaemia in pregnancy. An estimated 85.1% were due to gestational diabetes, 7.4% due to other types of diabetes first detected in pregnancy and 7.5$ due to diabetes detected prior to pregnancy. 
  • One in seven births is affected by gestational diabetes.

Advocacy

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 OF HEALTH

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.

Issues

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:

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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