Access to diabetes care remains inadequate and unaffordable in many countries, making it the leading concern of people living with diabetes.

On occasion of the 70th World Health Assembly, IDF held the event "Access to diabetes medicines and care in underserved populations: patient, health worker, government and multilateral perspectives on policy" on 23 May 2017 - a panel discussion between people with diabetes and healthcare professionals on priority solutions to overcome national gaps between provision and availability of diabetes care and treatment among underserved populations.


The event highlighted the central role of people with diabetes in all aspects of diabetes management, care and prevention, and introduced our new network, the Blue Circle Voices. IDF also disseminated the findings of the IDF Members' Survey on Access to Medicines and Supplies for People with Diabetes to inform discussion on what is needed to achieve WHO 2025 targets at national levels. 

Speakers and panellists included:

On occasion of the 71st World Health Assembly, IDF held a multi-stakeholder panel discussion “Nutrition education and IDF action to tackle obesity and prevent diabetes” in Geneva on 22 May 2018.

During the event, nutrition experts, government representatives and people living with diabetes discussed how quality nutrition education can be part of the solution to overcome the global health challenges posed by diabetes and obesity.

The event also provided the opportunity to showcase recent developments in the Kids & Diabetes in Schools (KiDS) initiative, a project that aims to foster a safe and supportive environment in schools for children with diabetes, and encourage the adoption of good healthy habits from an early age.


Speakers and panellists included:

Getting to Bangkok

Thailand is located in the center of South-East Asia, with its capital Bangkok an important aviation hub. Bangkok’s modern Suvarnabhumi International Airport is one of the world’s top airports, welcoming more than 45 million passengers annually. It is served by at least 80 international airlines linking 170 cities around the globe.


  • Visitors from 58 countries and Hong Kong SAR are automatically granted permission to stay for 30 days in the country.
  • Visitors from an additional 19 countries can apply for a “Visa on Arrival” at the Immigration Hall in all Thai international airports and border checkpoints.
  • For citizens of countries not covered by the above, visas can be obtained from the nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate.

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), in conjunction with the related Thai government agencies will provide visa assistance and fast lane immigration clearance at all immigration checkpoints. For more information, visit

Getting around Bangkok

The BTS Skytrain and MRT Underground offer safe and convenient travel throughout the city. There is also a major bus network crisscrossing the city, a river taxi on the Chao Phraya River as well as metered taxis.

Getting to downtown Bangkok is also quite easy from the airport, as there is a selection of transport including limousine, mini-van, coach or the Airport Rail Link.

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Bangkok offers a wide variety of accommodation with over 70,000 hotel rooms ranging from 2-star to 6-star hotels to suit the diverse needs of delegates. There is a plentiful choice of satellite hotels along the BTS SkyTrain, within close proximity of BITEC.

IDF will provide housing services through a professional housing bureau at no charge to delegates.

Diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are global epidemics. They are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly affecting people in low- and middle-income countries. CVD is a leading cause of death and disability in people with diabetes , who are up to three times more likely to have CVD.

On occasion of the 72nd World Health Assembly, the World Heart Federation (WHF) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) organised a side event called "Joining forces to fight CVD in people living with diabetes: pathways to solutions". 

wha event 2019

The event took place in Geneva on the 22th May 2019, and focused on how to decrease CVD-related premature mortality among people with diabetes and the role of Universal Health Coverage in achieving this. Event panellists included:

      • Dr Larry Sperling, Katz Professor in Preventive Cardiology and Director of the Emory Heart Disease Prevention Center
      • Ms Stela Prgomelja, Vice-President of the Serbian Diabetes Association and member of IDF Blue Circle Voices
      • Dr Brett Giroir, US Assistant Secretary of Health
      • Mr Veli Auvinen, Economist, Finnish Ministry of Economy
      • Dr Cherian Varghese, WHO NCD Management Coordinator
      • Prof Rajeev Gupta, Researcher, Preventive Cardiologist, Rehabilitation Specialist and Consultant Physician
      • Mr Lucas Xavier de Oliveira, Nursing student at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and member of the IDf Young Leaders in Diabetes

Registration for the IDF Congress 2021 will open in January 2021. The registration rate scheme with attractive early rates and discounted group rates will be published here during the course of 2020.

The IDF Congress strives to provide high quality education and access to knowledge to all and is particularly committed to reach out to those with limited resources and from emerging countries:

Healthcare professionals

IDF offers a reduced rate for all professionals in the healthcare sector.

Student rate & World Bank countries

IDF also offers a heavily subsidized rate for students and delegates from low income economies as per World Bank classification.

IDF members at the IDF Congress

IDF is an umbrella organization of over 240 national diabetes associations in 168 countries and territories. IDF supports representatives from its Members to attend the congress and showcase their activities in the Global Village.

IDF is a non-profit organization. All funds received through registration are invested in diabetes projects to enhance the lives of people living with diabetes worldwide.

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