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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.


Diabetes roadmap

On 13 May 2010, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously for UN Resolution 64/265 to hold a UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) on 19-20 September 2011. The Summit is a major opportunity to put diabetes and other NCDs on the global health and development agenda.

NCD alliance

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

Despite the significant scientific advances of the last century, diabetes remains a major health challenge across the world. This chronic and incurable non- communicable disease (NCD) is responsible for millions of deaths annually and limits many lives with life-threatening complications. No country, rich or poor, is immune to the epidemic.