The global diabetes community will unite again at the IDF Congress 2019 in Busan, Korea on 2-6 December 2019.
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.
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.
Busan, Korea's second most populous city, 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.