I pledge to support people with diabetes in humanitarian settings

Last update: 26/03/2019


Act now to support people with diabetes in humanitarian settings

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that four million people living with diabetes are displaced as a result of man-made and natural disasters.

People with diabetes need uninterrupted access to medicines and care. They need healthy food and a safe space to exercise. Managing diabetes is not always easy. It can cause unnecessary suffering for individuals and their families and place a significant burden on healthcare resources.

Caring for diabetes becomes even more difficult when disaster strikes and people are forced to flee. In these difficult circumstances, people with diabetes often struggle to manage their condition and are at increased risk of life-threatening complications. Undiagnosed and poorly controlled diabetes can lead to acute and life-threatening complications such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure, cardiovascular events and early death.

The arrival of refugees into unprepared locations also puts severe pressure on healthcare resources and poses a significant challenge. Health systems struggle to respond to the emergency and provide healthcare for the new arrivals and their existing population. Forcibly displaced people with diabetes may not be able to gain access to the medicines and supplies they need and emergency healthcare personnel are not always trained to deal with the condition. This situation is compounded by disruption to food, water and utilities.

On World Refugee Day 2018 – June 20 - I pledge to support the rights of refugees to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health by:

1. Raising awareness of the challenges faced by refugees in the prevention, management and care of diabetes and diabetes complications
2. Providing their governments with advice and direction in developing national plans to respond to the health needs of refugees
3. Contributing to the strengthening of national health systems through the provision of expert advice diabetes management and education

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Afghanistan Diabetes Association
Arabic Association for the Study of Diabetes & Metabolism (AASD)
Asociación Costarricense Lucha contra la Diabetes (Costa Rica)
Asociación Panameña de Diabeticos (APADI - Panama)
Association Belge du Diabète (ABD - Belgium)
Association Vaincre le Diabète au Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Austrian Diabetes Association
Belarusian Humanitarian Non-Governmental organization « Children’s Diabetes»
British Virgin Islands Diabetes Association
Cyprus Assocation for People with Diabetes
Diabetes Association of Barbados
Diabetes association of Serbia
Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago
Diabetes Liga vzw (Belgium)
Diabetes Palestine
diabetesDE - German Diabetes Aid
Egyptian Diabetes Association
Federación Mexicana de Diabetes, A.C. (Mexico)
Georgian union of diabetes and endocrine associations
Hellenic Diabetes Federation
Instituto Nacional De La Diabetes (Dominican Republic)
Kuwait Diabetes Society
Lebanese Diabetes Association
Ligue Marocaine de Lutte contre le Diabète
Macedonian Diabetes Association
Myanmar Diabetes Association
National Diabetes Organization - DiaLeb (Lebanon)
NORD University
Norwegian Diabetes Association
Saudi Diabetes & Endocrine Association
Serbian Association for the Study of Diabetes
Setif Diabetes Association 
Sociedad Dominicana de Diabetes (Dominican Republic)
Sociedad Española de Diabetes (Spain)
Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA)
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA)
Upper Egypt Diabetes Association

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