Issue: April 2017 - Advancing the urgency for action
Section: The global campaign
IDF Advocacy: new energy for the Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD)
Dario Rahelic, Secretary of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) European Region Board was invited by the IDF Board to become Chair of the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) Program in February 2016 and it is easy to see why he is ideal for the volunteer position. As President of the Croatian Society for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, he has played a key role in efforts to help the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia, national insurance companies and other authorities understand the need for better, stronger diabetes care in Croatia. His participation helped to achieve reimbursement of insulin pumps for people with type 1 diabetes; support of modern basal insulin analogues for people with type 2 diabetes and increased number of test strips allotted to children with diabetes.
On becoming the YLD program Chair, Dr. Rahelic says, “I am very honored to lead such an important core program for IDF. What’s so key in the restructuring of the YLD program and its governance is to ensure it is integrated into all IDF programs and that all the YLD members receive full support from IDF. This includes aiding their growth and development in a variety of leadership roles as future IDF advocates.”
The establishment of the YLD program as a key initiative whose objective is to empower young people living with diabetes as advocates for themselves and others living with diabetes worldwide remains unchanged with the IDF Board’s recommendation.