IDF general



The mission of the International Diabetes Federation is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

Our strategic goals are to:


Our values:

Honesty: we will be truthful, deliver on our promises and remain willing to be held into account. We will maintain confidentiality and respect the privacy of others.

Compassion: we will act with empathy and without prejudice, appreciating the plight of others, and drive by our empathy to action.

Integrity:we will uphold our code of ethics, maintain a high standard of personal conduct and embed our values in our organisational policies, procedures and behaviour.

What We Do

The International Diabetes Federation is engaged in action to tackle diabetes from the local to the global level - from programmes at community level to worldwide awareness and advocacy initiatives.

The activities of IDF aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. IDF's awareness and advocacy initiatives are grounded in the experiences of our global network of national diabetes associations.

Essential Care

A core component of the International Diabetes Federation's mission is promoting the best possible care for people with diabetes. Drawing on world class expertise from all diabetes constituencies, we set global standards for diabetes care and education and develop support for their implementation. We also participate in on-going activities to strengthen the evidence base for improved prevention and care, and facilitate the exchange of high-quality information amongst our Member Associations as well as healthcare providers, people with diabetes and other stakeholders.

Epidemiology and Prevention

D-NET: IDF Diabetes Education Network for Health Professionals

How to Partner with IDF

The International Diabetes Federation offers two types of corporate partnerships:

Blue circle

The blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes. Until 2006, there was no global symbol for diabetes. The purpose of the symbol is to give diabetes a common identity. It aims to:

Executive Office

The Executive Office of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is located in Brussels, Belgium. It houses a multinational staff working in four departments. The Senior Leadership Team comprises of:

Dr Petra Wilson: Chief Executive Officer
Dr David Cavan: Director, Policy and Programmes
Caroline Ronse: Director, Finance and Administration
Eric Drosin: Director, Communications and Advocacy
Kai Troll: Director, Global Partnerships

IDF releases position paper on bariatric surgery

The International Diabetes Federation has released its Position Statement on Bariatric Surgery. The Paper calls for bariatric surgery to be considered earlier in the treatment of eligible patients, to help stem the serious complications that can result from diabetes. The position paper was presented to leading experts at the 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes in New York on 28 March.