The International Diabetes Federation has developed the International Charter of Rights and Responsibilities of People with Diabetes as a tool to raise awareness of and counteract the discrimination and stigma millions of people with diabetes still face, largely due to ignorance and misconceptions surrounding the disease. In many parts of the world, this promotes a culture of secrecy that can create barriers to services, employment, and even marriage, and may stop people with diabetes playing an active role in society.
The document places the rights of people with diabetes, their parents and carers into three focus areas; the rights to care; information and education and social justice, whilst at the same time acknowledging the responsibilities held by people with diabetes.
The Charter reframes diabetes as an issue of human rights and social injustice. The Charter establishes that people with diabetes have the right to care, information, education, social justice and acknowledges that people with diabetes also have responsibilities. It represents the gold standard to which all countries should aspire, and is a powerful campaigning tool to protect rights and combat stigma and discrimination.
The International Charter of Rights and Responsibilities of People with Diabetes is available for download in the following languages: