Living with diabetes brings many challenges, which are amplified when a natural disasters occurs. Natural disasters are not new phenomena. In the period of 2005-2014, an average of 380 natural triggered disasters was registered. They were responsible for about 199.2 million affected people worldwide annually, with economic damages of approximately US$159.7 billion per year.

Timing of the emergency disaster management is crucial, as quick action can save lives. However, a major problem in the response of disaster management is the lack of disaster management policies, protocols for specific conditions and cooperation in and between countries. Natural disasters transcend national borders and in this time and day it is important that everyone is working together to decrease, among others, the health-related impact of a disaster.

Natural disasters have a major impact on people living with diabetes, but they are often not recognised as a priority. Previous disasters have taught us that they bring great damage to life, causing disruption to electricity, water supply, infrastructure, communication, transportation and healthcare services.

There is a need for integrated preparedness and action plans for people living with specific conditions and disease like Diabetes Mellitus. People living with diabetes are a vulnerable group, as they are dependent on the continuous supply of insulin, healthy meals and other diabetes essential medicines and devices.

Therefore, the International Diabetes Federation is developing a global “IDF recommendations for people living with diabetes during disasters”. This comes after the successful implementation of the IDF Western Pacific Region Plan on diabetes in disasters. This global plan will provide assistance, guidance and supporting resources to our national members on how to develop their own diabetes disaster management plan and to adapt strategies for an effective and continued medical care service provision. It also encompasses tools for local health systems and people living with diabetes to prepare themselves for natural disasters as it aims to reduce the aftermath of disaster events on the lives and health of patients with diabetes in both short and long terms.

Here you will find the summaries of the "IDF recommendations for people living with diabetes during disasters", translated into multiple languages, prior to the official launch of the IDF Diabetes in Disaster Management Plan.

English - IDF recommendations for people living with diabetes during disasters

Azeribaijani - Şəkərli diabet xəstələri üçün fəlakət və fövqəladə hallara hazırlıq

Dari - آمادگی برای حالات اضطراری و فاجعه بار نزد مریضان دیابت!

German - Katastrophen- und Notfallvorsorge für Menschen mit Diabetes

Italian - Precauzioni per le persone con diabete in caso di disastri ed emergenze

Japanese - IDF recommendations for people living with diabetes during disasters

Korean - 당뇨병 환자를 위한 재난 및 비상사태 대비 지침 당뇨병 환자의

Macedonian - Подготовка за катастрофи и итни случаи кај лица со дијабетес

Pashto - د عاجل او ضروري حالاتو لپاره د دیابت د ناروغانو تیاروالۍ)آمادګي(

Portuguese - Como agir em caso de emergência em pessoas com Diabetes

Romanian - Măsuri de pregătire a persoanelor cu diabet în caz de urgență sau dezastre

Russian - Катастрофы и готовность к чрезвычайным ситуациям для людей с диабетом

Serbian - Priprema za vanredna i hitna stanja ljude sa dijabetesom 

Spanish - Preparación en desastres y emergencias en personas con diabetes

Uzbek - Қандли диабетга чалинган инсонлар учун табиий офатлар ва фавқулодда вазиятларга тайёргарлик



IDF recommendations for people living with diabetes during disasters


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There are currently over 200 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to more than 300 million by 2040. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. 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.

To mark World Diabetes Day 2017, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) cordially invites you to a high-level stakeholder event that will focus on key themes of importance to the diabetes agenda through the prism of women. It will aim to highlight the importance of affordable and equitable access to screening, diabetes medicines and technologies, education and information for women living with diabetes and those at risk, and promote the role of women and girls as key influencers in the adoption of healthy lifestyles.

To register please click here: 

The event will also serve as a forum to promote two global initiatives of IDF:

  • The release of the IDF Diabetes Atlas 8th Edition – – providing the latest data on the number of people living with diabetes worldwide. 
  • IDF’s Call to Action #RIGHT2HEALTH, which aims to deliver key advocacy information and request recognition and renewal of commitments that governments have agreed to ahead of the UN High Level Review on Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), scheduled to take place in September 2018.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017
12-15.00 (a buffet lunch will be served)


Residence Palace
Rue de la Loi 175
1048 Brussels, Belgium


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Many children with diabetes face discrimination in the school environment, it affects their self-esteem, productivity and management of their disease. Children who are not able to manage their condition safely and securely at school may be at greater risk of complications from diabetes.

The Kids and Diabetes in School Project (KiDS) aims to foster a safe and supportive environment that creates a better understanding of diabetes and supports children with the condition. It also provides information about type 2 diabetes and how it can be prevented by making effective lifestyle choices.

Learn more about KiDS

This Forum has been developed to provide all BCV members with a platform where you can discuss key diabetes-related topics and share experiences with other BCV members from around the world. From 2018, the Forum will also host BCV consultations.

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