As global awareness of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) has increased so too has the development of resources and tools to assist health care providers in the early detection and treatment of this growing public health problem associated with the rising prevalence of diabetes. However, few of these resources have focused on providing insight into innovative approaches to integrating eye health with diabetes management and control, across the health care spectrum.

For this reason the ‘Integrated care for diabetes and eye health: A global compendium of good practice’ has been developed. It documents a series of ‘realworld’ case studies that showcase current initiatives to advance integrated care for DR across the spectrum of health promotion, prevention, early intervention and treatment in a range of different contexts and resource settings.

The compendium has been designed to help fill a crucial knowledge gap and to strengthen the existing evidence base by providing insights on a range of different models, lessons learned and key recommendations on how to effectively implement integrated care.

Drawing on evidence from a range of projects and programmes showing promising results from 17 countries, the document provides guidance to policy makers, medical organisations, service providers and social investors.

The intended outcome is that decision makers and practitioners will be able to build on the findings and learnings presented in this report to implement their own strategic and tactical approaches to addressing the challenges of blindness and vision loss from diabetes.

Ultimately, it is our hope that those living with or at risk of DR around the world will be able to access the support they need, when and where they need it.

Download the visually accessible version (pdf)

Diabetes increases the risk of developing acute and life-threatening complications such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure, cardiovascular events and can also lead to early death.

It is vital for people with diabetes not just to be aware of the potential risks but also to be empowered to engage fully with their health professionals on the best ways to tackle them. Sharing their experiences with their peers can also be inspiring and lead to improved health outcomes.

#Diabetescomplicationstalk is a Facebook group launched by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to raise awareness of complications among people living with diabetes, combat stigma and help improve interactions between people living with diabetes and their healthcare professionals.

The initiative aims to foster discussion on a broad range of topics and features personal stories of people living with diabetes alongside news and education material. If you live with diabetes or are a healthcare professional dealing with people living with diabetes, we invite you to share your experiences with us.

In addition to the Facebook Page, we will also have a broader social media campaign. This will feature personal testimonies (audio, video, or written) and visuals of people living with diabetes accompanied by a quote of their own on the topic of complications. Please browse the content on this page to see how others have engaged with this campaign, and if you wish to provide testimonies, visuals and quotes, or any other input for this campaign or have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Below are a few examples of visuals from members of the Blue Circle Voices network: 

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Registration | Programme | Committees Exhibitors

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) World Congress 2019 in Busan, Korea.

IDF 2019 marks a welcome return to the IDF Western Pacific region following the successful IDF Congress 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. The region has the largest population of all IDF regions and is home to close to 40% of all people living with diabetes. China alone accounts for the highest number of people with diabetes in the world (114 million). A cause of particular concern in the region is the large undiagnosed population, with over one in two people with diabetes in the Western Pacific undiagnosed.

With these facts in mind and the number of people with diabetes and at high risk in the region expected to exceed 340 million within the next twenty years, Korea is the ideal location to bring together the extensive global network of physicians, scientists, nurses, educators, other healthcare professionals, government officials, policy makers, diabetes associations and media that IDF represents.

IDF 2019 in Busan will provide a unique forum for knowledge exchange and sharing of best practice in diabetes prevention, education and treatment. The outcomes of the Congress will help foster the collaborations, connections and political actions required to place diabetes on top of the global health agenda and improve the lives of people living with diabetes, help protect those at risk and reduce the impact of diabetes on our societies.

I look forward to welcoming you in Busan to shape the future of diabetes through our strong and united global voice.

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Professor Nam H. Cho
President, International Diabetes Federation

Welcome to Busan

On behalf of the Organising and Programme Committees, we are delighted to welcome you to the IDF World Congress 2019 in Busan, Korea.

The IDF biennial congress is the most significant global diabetes event and one of the largest medical congresses. Through its innovative, diverse and engaging scientific programme, satellite symposia, exhibition and Global Village, the IDF Congress convenes and mobilises the international diabetes community, helping to shape the future of diabetes care, prevention and treatment.

Busan is Korea's second most populous city and the economic and the cultural and educational centre of southeastern Korea. It will host a scientific programme comprised of eight streams that will build on the learnings and experiences of previous IDF Congresses and continue to explore new areas in diabetes research, education and public health. Key objectives include improving the understanding of the global diabetes pandemic and influencing the implementation of healthcare initiatives to improve the lives of people of diabetes and those at risk. A dedicated stream on living with diabetes will again give prominence to the role of people affected by diabetes in healthcare decision-making and design.

The BEXCO Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO) provides the ideal venue for IDF 2019, featuring a beautiful auditorium, an adjacent modern convention hall and a spacious exhibition centre equipped to showcase the latest advances in diabetes care and technology. The various session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, meet the expert and workshops – combined with satellite meetings and affiliated events will provide IDF’s diverse and international audience with an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking. We look forward to welcoming you to Busan for an inspiring and memorable IDF World Congress.

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Dr. Moon-Kyu Lee
Chair, Organising Committee
  Dr. Edward J. Boyko
Chair, Programme Committee


Act now to support people with diabetes in humanitarian settings

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that four million people living with diabetes are displaced as a result of man-made and natural disasters.

People with diabetes need uninterrupted access to medicines and care. They need healthy food and a safe space to exercise. Managing diabetes is not always easy. It can cause unnecessary suffering for individuals and their families and place a significant burden on healthcare resources.

Caring for diabetes becomes even more difficult when disaster strikes and people are forced to flee. In these difficult circumstances, people with diabetes often struggle to manage their condition and are at increased risk of life-threatening complications. Undiagnosed and poorly controlled diabetes can lead to acute and life-threatening complications such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure, cardiovascular events and early death.

The arrival of refugees into unprepared locations also puts severe pressure on healthcare resources and poses a significant challenge. Health systems struggle to respond to the emergency and provide healthcare for the new arrivals and their existing population. Forcibly displaced people with diabetes may not be able to gain access to the medicines and supplies they need and emergency healthcare personnel are not always trained to deal with the condition. This situation is compounded by disruption to food, water and utilities.

On World Refugee Day 2018 – June 20 - I pledge to support the rights of refugees to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health by:

1. Raising awareness of the challenges faced by refugees in the prevention, management and care of diabetes and diabetes complications
2. Providing their governments with advice and direction in developing national plans to respond to the health needs of refugees
3. Contributing to the strengthening of national health systems through the provision of expert advice diabetes management and education

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Afghanistan Diabetes Association
Arabic Association for the Study of Diabetes & Metabolism (AASD)
Asociación Costarricense Lucha contra la Diabetes (Costa Rica)
Asociación Panameña de Diabeticos (APADI - Panama)
Association Belge du Diabète (ABD - Belgium)
Association Vaincre le Diabète au Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Austrian Diabetes Association
Belarusian Humanitarian Non-Governmental organization « Children’s Diabetes»
British Virgin Islands Diabetes Association
Cyprus Assocation for People with Diabetes
Diabetes Association of Barbados
Diabetes association of Serbia
Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago
Diabetes Liga vzw (Belgium)
Diabetes Palestine
diabetesDE - German Diabetes Aid
Egyptian Diabetes Association
Federación Mexicana de Diabetes, A.C. (Mexico)
Georgian union of diabetes and endocrine associations
Hellenic Diabetes Federation
Instituto Nacional De La Diabetes (Dominican Republic)
Kuwait Diabetes Society
Lebanese Diabetes Association
Ligue Marocaine de Lutte contre le Diabète
Macedonian Diabetes Association
Myanmar Diabetes Association
National Diabetes Organization - DiaLeb (Lebanon)
NORD University
Norwegian Diabetes Association
Saudi Diabetes & Endocrine Association
Serbian Association for the Study of Diabetes
Setif Diabetes Association 
Sociedad Dominicana de Diabetes (Dominican Republic)
Sociedad Española de Diabetes (Spain)
Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA)
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA)
Upper Egypt Diabetes Association

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