In order to improve the knowledge on key diabetes-related topics among its network of advocates, IDF provides continued online education on different topics (education, awareness, advocacy, etc).

Below is the calendar of webinars that we have planned so far. You can download the recording and slides of most of the webinars that have already taken place, with the exception of those focused on the YLD Programme - which can only be accesed by YLD members in the YLD Forum.

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  • 13 August 2018: Webinar on How to Develop Successful Diabetes Projects (slides / recording)
  • 30 July 2018 : Webinar on How to Approach Policymakers (slides / recording)
  • 27 June 2018: Webinar on IDF School of Diabetes (slides / recording)
  • 11 May 2018: Webinar on Advocacy: Messaging and Tactics (slides / recording)
  • 8 May 2018: Webinar on Diabetes and Ramadan (slides / recording)
  • 30 April 2018: Webinar on Becoming a Diabetes Advocate in the run-up to the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs (slides / recording)
  • 16 April 2018: Webinar on IDF on Social Media (slides / recording)
  • 9 March 2018: Webinar on Diabetes Leadership Camps (slides / recording)

2017 YLD Annual Report

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the activities undertaken by the YLD members throughout 2017, from their individual projects to the YLD Training Summit that took place in Abu Dhabi. You can read all about it by clicking on the image below. 

2017 YLD Annual report


YLD Leadership Training Summit 2017

While much of the training provided to YLD members is online or via webinars, IDF also organises a biannual Leadership Training Summit for a select number of YLD members.

The fourth YLD Leadership Training Summit took place in parallel to the IDF Congress, between December 5-8, 2017. Some 59 members of the YLD Programme from 51 different countries attended this Summit, which provided them with the opportunity to gain knowledge on advocacy, new technologies, discuss the future of diabetes and learn how to develop regional action plans, as well as attend some of the scientific sessions of the Congress.

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The overall feedback from the YLD members following the Training Summit was positive. YLD members enjoyed spending time with other YLD members from various regions and learning about different realities. They found the sessions very interesting, and regretted not having more time to delve further into the topics discussed.

“The training programme is a life-changing experience for young people living with diabetes, it allows you to get an insight of how other people are affected by diabetes from different cultures.”

“I think that the training was very useful to gather information and lay the foundations for the arduous work that must be done in a team so that the results can be seen over the long term.”


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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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Centers of education Click here to submit your application.


An International Diabetes Federation Centre for Education is a diabetes institution/member organization designated by IDF to form part of an international collaborative voluntary network to initiate, coordinate, facilitate and conduct high quality education for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals in diabetes and other related chronic diseases.


To be eligible to become an IDF Diabetes Education Centre, the institution/member organization must provide evidence of the following criteria:

  • Willingness to play a key role in the vision and contribute to the implementation of the IDF Global Education Strategic Plan
  • Written commitment of leadership to support the IDF School of Diabetes, D-NET, Best of IDF, IDF School Fellow programme and related education initiatives.
  • Commitment to work closely with and act as a reference point for the IDF Education Team and/or the IDF Policy and Programme Department.
  • Willingness to accept and support review and assessment processes by IDF.
  • Willingness to abide by IDF values and beliefs.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant institutions/member organizations must have:

  • Established training programmes and proven experience in conducting health professional education programmes at basic and advanced levels and/or people living with diabetes, in either diabetes or other related chronic diseases.
  • Existing linkages with local diabetes association(s). 
  • Any other existing linkages with international organizations. 
  • Proven commitment to the philosophy of a multidisciplinary team. The institution must be staffed by an integrated multidisciplinary team and have established groups that plan the multidisciplinary training.
  • Adequate in-house or outsourced physical space and resources to conduct education programmes that also allow for an interactive workshop format .

An annual fee of USD 500 will be charged for each selected Centre of Education.

All selected centres will be published on the IDF website with a dedicated web link.

Application Process

Applications are open throughout 2017-18.

    1. Submit Online Application
    2. IDF Pre-approval
    3. Payment
    4. Signing of MoU
    5. Announcement 
    6. Induction Call with IDF Global Office


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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