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Guidelines for conducting Diabetes Camp Activities in a less-resourced Country

The IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme encourages the diabetes centres in countries it supports to conduct camps or activity days for children and young people with diabetes.

To this end LFAC, in collaboration with the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA), has developed Guidelines for conducting diabetes camp activities in a less-resourced country.

"Camp" is a term that includes not only overnight stays, but also activity days, support meetings, and get-togethers for children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes and their families.

Mother's Day 2016 - Mothers are heros! Let's keep them strong.

 “Communities and countries, and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women[1]”. One in 11 European adult women lives with diabetes today. Many more are at high risk, and gestational diabetes is increasing.  Over 140.000 children have type 1 diabetes in the European region and 21.600 more are diagnosed each year, thus also impacting the life of their mothers. Women should be the first to be protected against the diabetes pandemic.

405 MEPs sign Written Declaration 0008/2016!

The International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) welcomes Written declaration 0008/2016 on diabetes for adoption by the European Parliament.

IDF Europe releases position paper on added sugar

On the occasion of the European Commission meeting “Towards better prevention and management of chronic diseases” (21 April), IDF Europe is pleased to release its position on added sugar. This is a topic of great relevance for diabetes currently being debated at EU level.

To download the position paper please click here.

IDF-DAR practical guidelines on Diabetes and Ramadan

The majority of Muslims across the globe are passionate about fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan,  one of the five pillars of Islam. Depending on the geographical location and season, the duration of the daily fast may range from a few to 20 hours.

World Health day 2016: It is time to act globally and locally to beat diabetes in Europe

Brussels, 7 April 2016, World Health Day 2016

The burden of diabetes in the European region is truly alarming:

60 million adults are living with diabetes, over a third of whom are undiagnosed. 90% of all people with diabetes are estimated to have type 2 diabetes

32 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Diabetes takes centre stage on World Health Day 2016

This April 7th marks World Health Day (WHD). The first World Health Assembly, held by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, declared that WHD would be celebrated on this date from 1950 onwards. For the first time ever, WHO has chosen diabetes as its theme for WHD in 2016.

UK levy on sugar-sweetened beverages should inspire governments across Europe

Approximately 60 million Europeans are living with diabetes today, including more than 90% with type 2 diabetes, and trends are on the rise: it is estimated that by 2040, they will be 71 million, or 11% of the adult population. Our region also has the highest number of children with type 1 diabetes in the world, 140 000, with over 20 000 new cases diagnosed annually. On top of the human suffering caused by diabetes, the economic cost of the disease in the European region is estimated at 145 billion Euro annually.

World Water Day: for IDF Europe, safe drinking water should always be the most affordable option!

Brussels, 22 March 2016, World Water Day

One in ten people worldwide still lacked improved drinking water sources in 2015: that is a staggering 663 million people1! While this situation is of less concern in Europe, access to affordable drinking water remains a challenge for many citizens across our region, where the cost of bottled soft drinks is often a competitive option.

Sugar taxes and type 2 diabetes prevention: UK takes a step in the right direction

Diabetes is one of the largest global health emergencies of this century, and its life-changing complications have a disproportionate human and economic impact in our societies.

In 2015: