The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has updated its privacy policy to comply with the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect on May 25, 2018. View the privacy policy here.

La FID he actualizado su política de privacidad para cumplir con los nuevos requisitos del Reglamento General de Protección de Datos de la Unión Europea (RGPD). Puede verlo aquí

La FID à mis à jour sa politique de confidentialité afin de nous conformer aux nouvelles exigences de la nouvelle Règlementation Européenne sur la Protection des Données (RGPD). Vous la retrouverez ici.

If you wish your personal data to be completely removed from the IDF contact database, please provide your email below.

Si desea que retiremos sus datos completamente de nuestra base de datos, por favor complete el formulario abajo.

Si vous souhaitez que vos données personnelles soient complètement supprimées de notre base de données, veuillez compléter le formulaire ci-dessous.

If you have any questions related to the protection of personal data provided to IDF, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Si tiene alguna pregunta referente a la protección personal de datos contacte con This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Si vous avez des questions concernant la protection de vos données, n’hésitez pas à vous adresser à This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Your access to and use of this website (the "Site") and all other online platforms and applications (the "Other platforms") of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and their contents  is subject to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy ("Privacy Policy" or "Policy"), and all applicable laws. By accessing and using this Site, you (the "User" or "you") accept and agree to these without any limitation or qualification.


The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) administers this Site and the following online platforms and applications:

The material provided within this Site and the other Other Platforms is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is provided with the understanding that IDF is not engaged in rendering medical service or recommendation. None of the information contained within this Site and the Other Platforms is intended to replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals and should therefore not be relied upon to do so.

References and links contained within this Site and the Other Platforms to products, services, businesses, organizations, websites and events which are not under the control of the International Diabetes Federation (collectively, ‘Referenced Information’) should not be construed as endorsements by IDF. Referenced Information is provided for convenience of reference only and its provision is not intended as a warranty of any type regarding the Referenced Information or any information referenced at any such website.

Referenced Information within this Site and the Other Platforms is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals.

Any reviews, opinions, and recommendations contained within this site and the Other Platforms are not necessarily those of IDF or endorsed by IDF. IDF cannot be held responsible for any damages resulting from the use of any Referenced Information or the inclusion of any Referenced Information within the site and the Other Platforms.


The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) collects personal information about you (i.e. information which may identify you in some way, such as your name, address, age, other contact details such as telephone number, email address etc. and passwords) through this Site and the Other Platfroms only when you voluntarily submit it. This may occur when you:

  • Subscribe to a newsletter
  • Request information, complete a survey or other feature of the website
  • Download a resource
  • Purchase a publication or merchandise item
  • Download the World Diabetes Day app and submit a picture through it

Providing personal information is up to you. If you do not want your personal information collected, please do not submit it. If you choose not to give personal information to us, we may not be able to provide you with access to some of the pages and resources or other features and services on this Site and the Other Platforms. Occasionally, we may ask you for personal information about other people - for example, your family or other authorised representatives. If you give us this information, we rely on you to tell those people that you are giving their personal information to us and to make them aware of this Privacy Policy.


We may use your personal information as follows:

  • To respond to your questions and requests, to provide you with access to certain areas and features and to communicate with you about your activities on this website.
  • To share it with our Related Parties as required to perform functions on our behalf in connection with the Site (such as administration of the website or other features on it, data analysis or customer services etc.). To do so, it may be necessary for us to transmit your personal information outside the Jurisdiction below and you agree to this transfer. Further use or disclosure of the information by our Related Parties for other purposes is not permitted.
  • To provide you with information from us or our Related Parties.
    • At the point of collection of your information we will provide you either an "opt in" or "opt-out" mechanism depending on the requirements of the Site's Jurisdiction and the Site. 
    • An "opt-in" mechanism will provide you the opportunity to positively indicate that you would like or do not object to our sending you such further communications and we will not send you any unless you have "opted-in". An "opt-out" mechanism will provide you the opportunity to indicate that you do not want us to send you such further communications, and if you "opt-out" we will not send you any.
    • Opting-in or opting-out will be up to you and, in addition, if you do not want us to use your personal information for a particular purpose or disclose it to a third party, you may "opt out" at any time by contacting us as provided above.
    • Specific opt-outs may also be provided at the point of collection or along with the communications to you.
    • Please note that by opting-out, you may not be able to participate in certain activities on the Site.
  • For other purposes set out when your information is collected or in any additional terms and conditions applicable to the particular feature of the Site or the Other Platforms.
  • For disclosures required by law, regulation or court order.
  • For the purpose of or in connection with legal proceedings or necessary for establishing, defending or exercising legal rights.
  • In an emergency to protect the health or safety of Site users or the general public or in the interests of national security.
  • Except as provided herein, we will not provide any of your personal information to any third parties without your specific consent.


If you wish to verify, correct, access or update any of your personal information collected through this Site or the Other Platforms, contact us at the "Contact" address, telephone number or e-mail provided in the footer of this Site.


We take the protection of children's privacy seriously. We operate this Site in compliance with all applicable laws in the Jurisdiction below. Children under the age referred to below for the appropriate Jurisdiction for the Site should have a parent/guardian's consent before providing any personal information to the Site or Other Platforms.

We will not, as provided by applicable law, require or request children under this age to provide more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the applicable activity on the Site and the Other Platforms. If we determine upon collection that a user is under this age, we will not use or maintain their personal information without the parent/guardian's consent. Without such consent, though, the child may not be able to participate in certain activities. However, in certain circumstances, we may maintain and use such information (in accordance with the rest of this Policy and applicable law) to notify and obtain consent from the parent/guardian and for certain safety, security, liability and other purposes permitted under applicable law.

A parent/ guardian can review, remove, change or refuse further collection or use of their child's personal information by contacting us as provided above (include child's name, address and e-mail address).

Site Jurisdiction/Applicable Age: Under 13 years of age.


When you connect to this Site or the Other Platforms we may use "cookie" technology and IP addresses to automatically collect certain technical non-personally identifiable information. This may include:

  • Type of Internet Browser or computer
  • Domain name of your Internet Service Provider
  • Number of page visits and the character and duration of such visits.

We also track the number of visitors to our website in an aggregate form. Personally identifiable information is not extracted during this process.

This information helps us keep our Site and the Other Platforms fresh and interesting to our visitors and tailor content to their interests. We may discloser certain non-personally identifiable information to potential partners, or other third parties, but we will not disclose any personally identifiable information, except as provided in this Policy. You may set your computer browser to disable cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If you disable cookies, we may be unable to optimise your visit to our Site and the Other Platforms and certain features may not be available.


We use certain reasonable security measures to help protect information you send to this Site and the Other Platforms. However, we cannot guarantee the security of such information. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we disclaim all liability and responsibility for any Damages you may suffer due to any loss, unauthorized access, misuse or alteration of any information you submit to this Site and the Other Platforms.


This Site and Other Platforms may contain links to other web sites that we do not own or operate. We do not control, recommend or endorse and are not responsible for these sites or their content, products, services or privacy policies. Downloading material from certain sites may risk infringing intellectual property rights or introducing viruses into your system.

You should note when you leave this Site and the Other Platforms and read the privacy policies and terms of these other sites. You should also independently assess the authenticity of any website which appears or claims that it is one of our sites (including those linked to through an email).


Jurisdiction: this Site and the Other Platforms are controlled and operated from Brussels, Belgium (regardless of where hosting servers are located). All matters relating to this Site are governed by the laws of the above Jurisdiction, without reference to conflict or choice of law principles. You agree that jurisdiction and venue for any legal proceeding relating to the Site shall be in appropriate courts located in the above Jurisdiction. We do not warrant or imply that the Site and the Other Platforms or materials on them are appropriate for use outside of the above Country. The information set forth in this Site and the Other Platforms concerning any products or services is applicable only in the Jurisdiction, and these products or services may not be available in all locations. If you are located outside of this Country, you are solely responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws.

Severability: If for any reason, any provision herein is found void or unenforceable, it will be severed to the extent void or unenforceable and the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.

Definitions/Interpretation: As used herein:

"Damages" means any and all direct, special, indirect, consequential or punitive loss or other damages of any kind (whether in contract, including fundamental breach, tort, including negligence, or otherwise).
"including" means "including, but not limited to".
"materials sent to the Site" (and "materials you send to the Site" and other like terms) means anything emailed, uploaded, posted or otherwise transmitted or sent to the Site (whether information, text, material, data or code or other) by you or another user.
"Related Parties" means all of our parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, Site Developers and other promotional partners.
"Site Developer" means any party involved in creating, producing, delivering or maintaining the Site.
"use of this Site" (and "using" and other like terms) means "any and all use of the Site of any kind whatsoever, including access to, browsing of, reviewing, posting of, transmitting, reviewing, downloading, and other using the Site or any material on the Site."


Please note, we may change information on this Site and/or this Policy, at any time without notice. You should regularly review this Policy for any changes. Any changes will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Policy on this Site. By continuing to use the Site, you agree to any changes, and by providing continued access to the Site we are providing you consideration for agreement to such changes.

Contact Us: If you have any questions or comments regarding this Site, please contact us at the "Contact" address, telephone number or e-mail located in the footer of this site.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 240 national diabetes associations in 168 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. IDF’s mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. IDF is engaged in action to tackle diabetes from the local to the global level ― from programmes at community level to worldwide awareness and advocacy initiatives.

The International Diabetes Federation is divided into seven regions, with the aim of strengthening the work of national diabetes associations and enhancing the collaboration between them.

The Federation’s activities aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. IDF is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).

View and download the IDF Annual Report 2017

It is with great honour that I present this brief history of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), a journey which began over 67 years ago, led by a few inspirational individuals who dared to transform their dream into reality.

Why do we need this compilation? It has been rightly said that if we do not learn from the past, we will make the same mistakes in the future. And there is a lot to learn from what the IDF has gone through over the years. Since its humble beginnings in 1950, with just 16 countries as initial members, we have grown into a global organisation representing 165 countries and territories, and people with diabetes all over the world. We have achieved a lot, carried forward by the tireless enthusiasm and commitment of a vast army of volunteers and professionals, dedicated to a common cause - improving the lives of our people with diabetes.

Despite our achievements, diabetes remains a significant global problem. In 2011, one person died of diabetes related problems every seven seconds. Four years later, in spite of increased knowledge,newer Guidelines and Clinical Recommendations and newer therapies, a person died of diabetes related complications every six seconds. Why? All of us will agree that we have to find solutions to stem this diabetes “tsunami”. We have to think out of the box for the future as well as understand our actions in the past, many of which have improved the lives of people affected bydiabetes, but also accept that some have not, and learn from this.

IDF has achieved much over the last 67 years but much remains to be done as evidenced by the continued rise in the number of people living with diabetes and the complications and mortality associated with it. We would all agree that we are in a war against diabetes. But “Bad things happen not because of bad people, but because good people are not willing to come together to fight it!” Today the International Diabetes Federation has many “good” people and we all have to come together to try and defeat diabetes.

I am confident that taking heart from the energy, dedication and inspiration shown by the countless individuals that fill the pages of this brief IDF history, we can shape a better future for the millions of people currently affected by diabetes and the many more at risk. This is in the end what we are all about! I hope you find our past interesting and inspirational. Let us learn from this but also let us get on. We have a lot more to do!

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But we have promises to keep,
And miles to go before we sleep!

Many people have helped in this compilation and although it would not be possible to name all of them, I must mention the help and inputs of Wendell Mayes Jr., Maria de Alva, George Alberti, Pierre Lefebvre, Martin Silink, Jean-Claude Mbanya, Paul Zimmet, Morsi Arab, Nam Cho and many, many more. I would specially like to mention Lorenzo Piemonte and Claire Poelmans and others from the IDF Office.

This is a brief compilation based on the material we could access from our archives and inputs and remembrances of many people who have been deeply involved in the working of the IDF. If any relevant material has been left out, I apologise for the same and hope you would let us know so that it can be incorporated if possible.

Shaukat Sadikot
President 2016-17
International Diabetes Federation

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