Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:21
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.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 16:31
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.
Diabetes Self-Management Education: A Right for All
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.
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:
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.
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.
Activities of the Women and Diabetes Programme fit within four broad categories: