IDF news

  • GCCH Statement on Pandemic Preparedness

    02 December 2021

    On occasion of the recent Special Session of the World Health Assembly (November 30-December 2021), the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health – of which IDF is a member – issued a statement on the benefits of developing a WHO convention on pandemic preparedness.

  • IDF KiDS programme: Creating a supportive school environment for a healthier future generation

    12 November 2021

    On November 24, IDF will host a webinar on the need to bring diabetes education to schools to generate a supportive environment for children living with diabetes and encourage healthy habits from a young age.

  • IDF launches WeChat channel

    12 November 2021

    IDF is delighted to announce the launch of its new WeChat channel, developed with the support from its inaugural partner, Gan & Lee Pharmaceuticals.

  • IDF School of Diabetes webinar: Managing CVD and renal risk in type 2 diabetes: beyond glycaemic control

    04 November 2021

    The IDF School of Diabetes is organising an expert panel webinar on "Managing CVD and renal risk in type 2 diabetes: beyond glycaemic control" on Saturday, 20 November 2021, 1:00 pm Brussels (+01:00 GMT).

  • PAHO-IDF webinar: Increasing access to diabetes care in the Region of the Americas

    03 November 2021

    On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) will host the webinar “Increasing access to diabetes care in the Region of the Americas” in collaboration with IDF.

  • Diabetes now affects one in 10 adults worldwide

    02 November 2021

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has released new figures showing that 537 million adults are now living with diabetes worldwide — a rise of 16% (74 million) since the previous IDF estimates in 2019.

  • Trisha Dunning

    19 October 2021

    It is with deep sadness and regret that the International Diabetes Federation was informed of the passing of Prof. Trisha Dunning, a former Vice-President (2011-15) and long-standing contributor to the activities of the Federation.

  • Global Coalition for Circulatory Health calls for major investment in circulatory health to help prevent the next pandemic

    12 October 2021

    The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health – of which IDF is a member – has published the Position Paper “Preventing the Next Pandemic: The Case for Investing in Circulatory Health”, calling for increased investment in circulatory health to prepare for, or even prevent, the next pandemic.

  • IDF and ISPAD request KiDS national implementation on World Teacher’s Day

    05 October 2021

    On the occasion of World Teachers Day, IDF are calling on a number of Ministers of Health and Education to implement the Kids and Diabetes in School (KiDS) programme at the national level.

  • WHO 2021 Essential Medicines List includes new diabetes medication

    01 October 2021

    Today, the World Heath Organization (WHO) published the new edition of the Essential Medicines List (EML). IDF welcomes the inclusion of several diabetes medicines in the 2021 EML – in line with the WHO Global Diabetes Compact workstream of improving access to medication.

  • IDF and the Medicines Patent Pool welcome the inclusion of SGLT2 inhibitors to the WHO Essential Medicines List

    01 October 2021

    The two organisations commit to working together to improve affordable access to SGLT2 inhibitors in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

  • IDF School of Diabetes webinar: The evolving landscape in the management of type 2 diabetes

    30 September 2021

    The IDF School of Diabetes is organising an expert panel webinar on "The evolving landscape in the management of type 2 diabetes" on 9 October 2021 at 2:00 pm CEST (GMT +2).

  • Webinar: Preventing the next pandemic: The case for investing in circulatory health

    29 September 2021

    On October 12 at 14:00 (CEST), IDF will host the webinar “Preventing the next pandemic: The case for investing in circulatory health” in collaboration with the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health (GGCH) – the only network of international, regional and national organisations advocating for increased prevention, control and treatment of circulatory diseases.

  • IDF webinar: Advocating to bring diabetes education and prevention to schools

    28 September 2021

    On October 5, IDF will host a webinar on advocating to bring diabetes education and prevention to schools.

  • Wendell Mayes (1924-2021)

    23 September 2021

    It is with deep sadness and regret that the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announces the passing of our former President and Honorary President, Wendell Mayes, Jr..

  • Webinaire de la FID sur la Prévention et gestion du diabète en Afrique pendant la pandémie de COVID-19

    17 September 2021

    Le 7 octobre 2021, à 14 :00 UTC, la FID organisera un webinaire sur la « Prévention et gestion du diabète en Afrique pendant la pandémie de COVID-19 ».

  • IDF partners with Sanofi to provide diabetes training in West Africa

    07 June 2021

    IDF and Sanofi-Aventis Nigeria Ltd, a subsidiary of the Sanofi group, have entered into a partnership to help tackle the rising burden of diabetes in Nigeria and Ghana.

  • GCCH statement on WHO global emergency preparedness and response

    28 May 2021

    At the 74th World Health Assembly (May 24-June 1, 2021), UN Member States will discuss a Resolution on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies. The Resolution is led by the European Union, and aims to ensure the continued safe functioning of health systems in future health emergencies.

  • IDF supports statement on WHO Resolution on Oral Health

    28 May 2021

    On May 27, UN Member States adopted a Resolution on Oral Health at the 74th World Health Assembly (May 24-June 1). The Resolution was led by Sri Lanka.

  • IDF and NCDA welcome WHA Resolution on reducing the burden of NCDs through strengthening prevention and control of diabetes

    27 May 2021

    The International Diabetes Federation and the NCD Alliance (NCDA) thank the Russian Federation and co-sponsors of the World Health Assembly Resolution on Diabetes Prevention and Management, including access to insulin, now adopted as the Resolution on Reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases through strengthening prevention and control of diabetes.

  • IDF welcomes WHO global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property

    27 May 2021

    On occasion of the 74thWorld Health Assembly (May 24-June 1, 2021), IDF along with the International Federation of Surgical Colleges (IFSC) and the World Organization of Family Physicians (WONCA) have issued a statement on the WHO Global strategy and plan of action for public health, innovation and intellectual property.

  • IDF supports WHA statement on Global Action on Patient Safety

    25 May 2021

    At the 74th World Health Assembly (May 24-June 1, 2021), the International Alliance of Patients’ Organisations (IAPO) has issued a statement in reaction to the adoption of the WHO Flagship Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 (GPSAP 2021-30).

  • IDF statement on proposed WHO Diabetes Resolution

    25 May 2021

    The agenda of the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA), taking place virtually between May 24 and June 1, includes the discussion of a proposed Resolution on Diabetes Prevention and Management, including access to insulin.

  • KiDS project toolkit launched to help advocate for increased diabetes awareness in schools

    29 April 2021

    The Kids and Diabetes in Schools (KiDS) programme has produced a toolkit that provides information and tips to help advocates encourage local or national decision-makers to bring diabetes education into schools.

  • IDF and Direct Relief announce initiative to bring diabetes products to vulnerable populations around the globe

    28 April 2021

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Direct Relief have announced an expanded partnership to provide donated diabetes medicines and related supplies to people with diabetes in countries whose healthcare systems have been disrupted by natural disasters or other crises.

  • IDF webinar: Accelerating diabetes prevention in the COVID-19 era

    21 April 2021

    On April 29, 2021, at 16:00 CEST, IDF will host a webinar on “Accelerating diabetes prevention in the COVID-19 era”. 

  • Diabetes training programme helps build capacity among Kenyan healthcare professionals in response to growing diabetes threat

    20 April 2021

    A pilot project developed by the IDF in partnership with Diabetes Kenya Association, Kenya Diabetes Study Group and Sanofi Kenya, has trained over 1,380 primary care physicians across Kenya.

  • New IDF, NCDA, WHF policy brief on diabetes and hypertension

    15 April 2021

    IDF, together with the NCD Alliance and the World Heart Federation have released a new policy brief - “Pressure Points: Call for simultaneous action on diabetes and hypertension for more resilient health systems” - that makes the case for simultaneous action on diabetes and hypertension, two conditions that commonly occur together.

  • IDF welcomes launch of WHO Global Diabetes Compact

    15 April 2021

    On April 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Diabetes Compact – a new framework for action on diabetes which aims to support countries in their efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes and ensure affordable treatment for everyone who needs it.

  • From Promises to Action: Supporting Implementation of the WHO Global Diabetes Compact

    08 April 2021

    The International Diabetes Federation and the NCD Alliance invite you to the virtual event "From Promises to Action: Supporting Implementation of the WHO Global Diabetes Compact".

  • IDF-PAHO webinar: Diabetes care during COVID-19 in the IDF NAC region

    19 March 2021

    On March 30, IDF and the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) will host a webinar on the impact COVID-19 has had on diabetes care in the IDF North America and Caribbean (NAC) region.

  • WHO holds informal consultation with people living with diabetes

    17 March 2021

    On March 9-11, the WHO NCD Department and the WHO GCM/NCD Secretariat held a three-day Consultation with people living with diabetes to promote their meaningful engagement in the development of the WHO Global Diabetes Compact.

  • GCCH issues statement on Draft Resolution to strengthen WHO Preparedness for and Response to Health Emergencies

    26 February 2021

    The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health (GCCH, of which IDF is a member) has issued a statement on a Draft Resolution to Strengthen WHO Preparedness for and Response to Health Emergencies, which is expected to be adopted at the 74thWorld Health Assembly in May.

  • IDF statement on COVID-19 vaccination

    24 February 2021

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is concerned about the health of the diabetes community worldwide during these difficult times and continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic closely.

  • IDF welcomes Gan & Lee as new partner

    22 February 2021

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is delighted to welcome Gan & Lee as a partner to support the global awareness, advocacy and education initiatives of the Federation.

  • IDF welcomes Biocon Biologics as new partner

    16 February 2021

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is pleased to welcome Biocon Biologics as a new partner, the first biosimilar insulins company to promote and support IDF’s core mission and activities.

  • IDF partners with Indian NGO for Global Youth Meet 2021

    12 February 2021

    IDF is partnering with the Indian non-profit organisation HRIDAY for the fourth edition of the Global Youth Meet (GYM), which will take place in April 2021.

  • IDF-PAHO webinar: Diabetes care during the COVID-19 era in the IDF SACA region

    27 January 2021

    On February 9 (20:00 CET/14 :00 EST), IDF and the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) will host a webinar on the impact that COVID-19 has had on diabetes care in the IDF South and Central America (SACA) region.

  • IDF renews official relations with WHO for 2021-2023

    25 January 2021

    The recent 148th WHO Executive Board (18-23 January) approved the renewal of official relations between IDF and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the period 2021-2023.

  • IDF and ISPAD call for national implementation of KiDS project on International Education Day

    22 January 2021

    On occasion of International Education Day on January 24, IDF and the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) are calling on Ministers of Health and Education to implement the IDF Kids and Diabetes in School (KiDS) project at the national level.

  • WHO Executive Board adopts decision on addressing diabetes as public health concern

    22 January 2021

    On January 21, 2021, the WHO 148th Executive Board adopted a Decision on Addressing Diabetes as a Public Health Concern. The decision was proposed by Canada, Costa Rica, Eswatini, France, Indonesia, Jamaica, Norway, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Sudan, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

  • GCCH statement on oral health to the 148th WHO Executive Board

    22 January 2021

    On the occasion of the 148th WHO Executive Board (January 18-26), the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health (GCCH, which IDF is a member of) released a statement asking Member States to adopt the draft Resolution on Oral Health that was tabled for discussion. The Resolution was adopted on January 21.

  • IDF, GCCH and NCDA statement to the 148th WHO Executive Board

    20 January 2021

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently holding its 148th Executive Board from January 19 to 26. The agenda includes several NCD-related items, including the discussion of a Draft Decision on Addressing Diabetes as a Public Health Concern. 

  • IDF Guide for Diabetes Epidemiology Studies virtual launch ceremony

    19 January 2021

    In February, the International Diabetes Federation will launch a new guide to help researchers achieve competence and proficiency in conducting high-quality diabetes epidemiological studies.

  • Stewart Tembo

    12 January 2021

    The International Diabetes Federation expresses its sincerest condolences on the passing of Stewart Tembo, a former member of the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) programme.

  • Global Coalition for Circulatory Health call to action on Universal Health Coverage

    09 December 2020

    The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health (GCCH), of which IDF is a member, has been calling on governments to do more to address the growing concern of cardiovascular diseases (including diabetes) since its creation in 2017. The urgent need to address cardiovascular diseases has become even more pressing this year as a result of the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on people living with circulatory conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease or stroke.

  • WHO report reveals diabetes among the top 10 causes of death and disability worldwide

    09 December 2020

    New data published from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that deaths from diabetes have increased by 70% globally between 2000 and 2019.

  • Medicines Patent Pool mobilises leading generic drug makers to pledge for collective action against COVID-19

    17 November 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, IDF partner Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is mobilizing its network to encourage innovators developing new or re-purposed therapies to negotiate public health licensing agreements with MPP to allow for broader access to their know-how and intellectual property.

  • WHO to launch Global Diabetes Compact in April 2021

    16 November 2020

    To mark World Diabetes Day on 14 November, the World Health Organization announced the launch of the Global Diabetes Compact in April 2021.

  • IDF calls for improved funding and training to help nurses tackle the global diabetes crisis

    13 November 2020

    This World Diabetes Day, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is calling for more nurses to be trained to help people living with diabetes to understand and manage their condition.

  • The Lancet publishes a new report calling for action to close the gap in diabetes prevention and care

    13 November 2020

    Ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November, The Lancet has published a new report calling for action to close the gap in diabetes prevention and care. Worldwide, 463 million people have diabetes, with 80% from low-income and middle- income countries (LMICs). In 2019, 4.2 million people died as a result of the condition and its complications.

  • Call to recognise multi-morbidity and co-morbidity as a growing public health concern

    12 November 2020

    On occasion of the resumed 73rd World Health Assembly on November 9-14, the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health has made a statement to agenda item A73/5, on the need for Member States to recognise the impact of COVID-19 on people with kidney disease, diabetes, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Many are facing the interruption of live-saving treatments due to the pandemic.

  • Tackling the impact of diabetic retinopathy and health workforce shortages

    10 November 2020

    To mark World Diabetes Day 2020, the NCD Alliance, the Fred Hollows Foundation and IDF have published a joint blog post to raise awareness on the role of health professionals in preventing and managing diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.

  • WHO Global Diabetes Compact consultations

    05 November 2020

    Last summer, WHO announced the launch in 2021 of a Global Diabetes Compact, a global partnership for local solutions to pave the way for universal access to health services and medicines to prevent, screen, diagnose and treat diabetes. 

  • Call for testimonials for the KiDS project

    05 November 2020

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is looking for testimonials on living with diabetes in the school environment. These testimonials will support the promotion of the Kids with Diabetes in Schools (KiDS) project on IDF online and social media channels.

  • WHO virtual workshop on access to insulin and IDF statement

    08 October 2020

    Between 21-25 September 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) organised a virtual workshop with key international health partners to map out a plan to boost access to affordable and quality assured insulin and associated devices.

  • Marking 70 years as the global voice of diabetes

    23 September 2020

    The International Diabetes Federation was officially founded on September 23, 1950. From humble beginnings, with 16 countries as initial members, IDF has grown into a global organisation representing over 160 countries and territories and hundreds of millions of people affected by diabetes.

  • Lorna Mellor AM (1936-2020)

    01 September 2020

    It is with deep sadness and regret that the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announces the passing of its Honorary President and Member, Lorna Mellor AM.

  • IDF joins forces with Medicines Patent Pool to improve access to diabetes medicines

    10 August 2020

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to improve access to affordable and high-quality diabetes medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

  • Professor Jakob Anton "Jak" Jervell (1932-2020)

    07 August 2020

    It is with deep sadness and regret that the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announces the passing of its Honorary President, Professor Jakob Anton "Jak" Jervell.

  • Call for data for the IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th edition

    05 August 2020

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is looking for new data sources of diabetes prevalence to include in the IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th Edition to be published in 2021.

  • IDF partners with ITN Productions Industry News on news-style programme to be launched on World Diabetes Day

    04 August 2020

    The International Diabetes Federation is collaborating with ITN Productions Industry News on a news-style programme - "Diabetes Matters” - to raise the profile of diabetes and unite voices in diabetes awareness for World Diabetes Day 2020 and beyond.

  • Webinars on circulatory health and COVID-19

    03 June 2020

    The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health will be holding a series of webinars on the impact of COVID-19 on circulatory health.

  • New Chairs appointed to lead the IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th Edition

    02 June 2020

    IDF is delighted to announce the appointment of Professors Dianna Magliano and Edward Boyko to lead the development and publication of the 10th edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas in 2021.

  • IDF welcomes recognition of NCDs in WHA COVID-19 resolution

    19 May 2020

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) welcomes the adoption of a COVID-19 Resolution at the 73rd World Health Assembly.

  • IDF and Direct Relief join forces to provide diabetes resources in emergency and crisis situations

    19 May 2020

    IDF and Direct Relief are inviting healthcare companies to assist countries and regions impacted by emergency and disaster situations with donations of their diabetes-related products.

  • 73rd World Health Assembly: IDF supports WHF and Global Circulatory Health Coalition statement

    18 May 2020

    IDF has joined the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health in publishing a statement in support of the World Health Organization applauding their relentless commitment to science, solutions, and solidarity in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Rakiya Garba Kilgori

    15 May 2020

    The International Diabetes Federation is deeply saddened at the passing of Ms Rakiya Garba Kilgori – a member of the IDF Blue Circle Voices (BCV) from Nigeria.

  • IDF joins Global Coalition in urging US to reconsider WHO funding decision

    07 May 2020

    IDF has joined the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health in publishing a letter in support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Director-General, and requesting the US government to reconsider its decision to suspend funding to WHO. 

  • IDF joins global effort to reduce risk for people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic

    28 April 2020

    Together with the world’s leading diabetes organizations, the International Diabetes Federation is sharing guidance on high-impact COVID-19 prevention recommendations for people with diabetes.

  • Lamin Dibba

    17 April 2020

    The International Diabetes Federation is deeply saddened to have learnt of the passing of Lamin Dibba – a former member of the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) Programme from Gambia.

  • COVID-19 and diabetes

    05 March 2020

    COVID-19 is a new and potentially serious coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern. Español | Français

  • Samad Shera (1935-2020)

    03 March 2020

    It is with deep sadness and regret that the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announces the passing of Prof. Samad Shera, an Honorary President of IDF and eminent diabetologist from Pakistan.

  • The eye as a window to the brain: new EU initiative launched

    28 February 2020

    An important EU-funded project has been launched to explore the biological pathways that may link the alterations observed in the retina with those present in the brain in people with type 2 diabetes.

  • Strengthening the International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

    16 January 2020

    IDF President calls for new 4-year plan to drive the changes needed to improve care for the 463 million living with diabetes.

  • IDF welcomes launch of first-ever insulin prequalification programme by WHO

    16 December 2019

    The International Diabetes Federation welcomes the launch by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the first-ever insulin prequalification programme, on the occasion of World Diabetes Day 2019.

  • New IDF Board of Directors

    11 December 2019

    A new IDF Board of Directors for 2020-21 was elected at the IDF General Assembly in Busan, Korea, on 2 December 2019.

  • Diabetes Atlas reports 463 million with diabetes

    14 November 2019

    New findings, published in the 9th Edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, show that there are now 463 million adults with diabetes worldwide. The new figures highlight the alarming growth in the prevalence of diabetes around the world.

  • Dr. Shaukat Sadikot (1950-2019)

    01 October 2019

    It is with deep sadness and regret that the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announces the passing of its Immediate Past President, Dr. Shaukat Sadikot, on October 1, 2019.

  • IDF Congress 2019

    05 March 2019

    The global diabetes community will unite again at the IDF Congress 2019 in Busan, Korea on 2-6 December 2019.

  • IDF publishes Taking Diabetes to Heart Report

    21 December 2018

    Report highlights the concerning low levels of CVD awareness and knowledge among people with type 2 diabetes.

  • KiDS project in Poland wins prevention and awareness Health Collaboration Award

    04 December 2018

    Project run in 15 primary schools recognised for its benefits for the local community and children living with  diabetes.

  • Diabetes is putting a strain on families around the world

    28 November 2018

    IDF research reveals that half of people living with diabetes feel their diagnosis has put a strain on their family.

  • Parents struggle to spot life-threatening diabetes in their own children

    13 November 2018

    4 in 5 parents have trouble recognising the warning signs of diabetes, according to new IDF research released for World Diabetes Day.

  • Diabetes concerns every family this November

    01 November 2018

    Diabetes awareness month and World Diabetes Day focus on the impact that diabetes has on the family.

  • IDF global survey reveals 2 in 3 people with type 2 diabetes have CVD risk factors

    28 September 2018

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of disability and death in people with type 2 diabetes.

  • IDF regrets lack of ambition in UN Political Declaration on NCDs

    27 September 2018

    IDF is gravely concerned by the omission of the necessary monitoring mechanisms to track progress and make governments accountable. 

  • Families demand government action to halt the growing diabetes epidemic

    24 September 2018

    New research from IDF reveals only 17%of people believe their government is doing enough to tackle diabetes.

  • IDF and Allergan announce partnership to tackle diabetic eye disease

    20 September 2018

    Diabetic macular edema (DME) is the leading global cause of blindness among working-aged adults. The partnership aims to develop a global approach to screen, diagnose, and manage DME.

  • Introducing the new diabetesvoice.org!

    26 July 2018

    A new interactive and engaging digital platform for the diverse global diabetes community.

  • Forcibly-displaced people with diabetes at higher risk of disability and early death

    22 May 2018

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that four million people living with diabetes are forcibly displaced as a result of man-made and natural disasters. In these difficult circumstances, people with diabetes often struggle to manage their condition and are at increased risk of disability and early death. In order to raise awareness of the challenges of preventing and managing diabetes in humanitarian settings, IDF has launched a multi-stakeholder initiative to encourage action, improve health services and ensure access to essential medicines for displaced people with diabetes.

  • Tackling the impact of hypoglycaemia in diabetes

    02 May 2018

    Hypoglycaemia is a common and serious complication of diabetes, particularly affecting people with diabetes treated with insulin. Consisting of very low levels of blood glucose, hypoglycaemia can lead to cognitive decline, cardiovascular events and even death.

    As much about hypoglycaemia remains unknown, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is participating in a new Research Project Hypo-RESOLVE to investigate hypoglycaemia and its impact in diabetes. IDF has joined forces with over 20 leading international players from academia, industry and civil society to find better solutions to alleviate the burden and consequences of this serious complication.

  • The importance of nutrition education to tackle diabetes

    17 April 2018

    On the occasion of the 71st World Health Assembly, IDF will hold a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on how quality nutrition education can be part of the solution to overcome the global health challenges posed by diabetes and obesity.

  • Latest issue of Diabetes Voice - Working together to tackle diabetes

    05 April 2018

    The April 2018 issue of Diabetes Voice is dedicated to the variety of ways in which IDF, its partners, and leaders in diabetes care and advocacy are working hard to improve the lives of all people connected to diabetes—locally, national and globally.

  • IDF and Lions Clubs International come together to tackle diabetes

    24 March 2018

    On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Lions Clubs International (LCI) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), on the occasion of Lions Day at the UN, to establish a cooperative alliance in the global fight against diabetes.

  • New IDF event to tackle diabetes complications

    01 February 2018

    IDF has launched a new series of live educational events to tackle the issues around diabetes complications.

  • IDF and leading eye health organizations call for urgent action to address diabetic eye disease

    13 December 2017

    Every person with diabetes is at risk of going blind. Around 1 in 3 people with diabetes develop some form of eye health complication, which if left untreated can have devastating and wide ranging social and economic impacts on them, their families and communities.

  • IDF Board of Directors 2018-19

    11 December 2017

    The IDF Board of Directors for the period 2018-19 was elected and sworn into office at the IDF General Assembly that was held during the IDF Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Monday 4 December.

  • Interim results of first-ever global survey show people with type 2 diabetes underestimated their cardiovascular risk

    06 December 2017

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has presented the interim results of the first-ever multi-country online survey on CVD risk awareness and knowledge among people living with type 2 diabetes, indicating low levels of awareness and limited dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals.

  • Global diabetes community converges on Abu Dhabi for the IDF Congress 2017

    03 December 2017

    Health professionals, researchers, educators, policy makers and national diabetes associations from over 160 countries, will converge in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress 2017 (IDF 2017) from 4 to 8 December.

  • New IDF figures show continued increase in diabetes across the globe, reiterating the need for urgent action

    14 November 2017

    To mark World Diabetes Day today, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has released new estimates on the prevalence of diabetes around the world, indicating that 1 in 11 adults are currently living with diabetes, 10 million more than in 2015.

  • IDF launches partnership with Merck to help tackle the global type 2 diabetes epidemic

    13 November 2017

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has launched a partnership with Merck to implement education and communications activities emphasizing the importance of preventing Type 2 diabetes.

  • Diabetes Voice October 2017 - Women and Diabetes

    17 October 2017

    In the October 2017 issue of Diabetes Voice, we focus on the World Diabetes Day 2017 campaign theme which is “Women and Diabetes: our right to a healthy future.”

  • IDF launches first ever global survey on CVD awareness among people with type 2 diabetes

    29 September 2017

    To mark World Heart Day, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has partnered with Novo Nordisk to launch the first ever multi-country online survey investigating the level of CVD awareness and knowledge among people living with type 2 diabetes.

  • Selected implementation sites for first round of BRIDGES 2 programme announced

    14 September 2017

    Novena University (Delta State, Nigeria), the College of Medicine of University of Nigeria (Nigeria) and the Universitas Syiah Kuala (Banda Aceh, Indonesia), in collaboration with Georg-August Universität Gottïngen in Germany, have been selected as implementation sites for the first round of the IDF BRIDGES 2 (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) programme.

    Each of the three institutions will receive funding and the adequate mentorship to implement a tailor-made diabetes secondary prevention programme. This will enable the implementation of established evidenced-based interventions and community oriented approaches to diabetes care in different settings, with the ultimate aim of improving health outcomes for people living with diabetes.

    The selected projects are varied and include a randomized trial on the suitability of peer education to improve diabetes management and outcomes in a low-income setting (Banda Aceh, Indonesia); a randomized trial on an intensive education intervention using a mobile application and network of people living with diabetes to implement glycaemic control (Delta State, Nigeria); and a community-based randomized trial and lifestyle intervention using a targeted shared care approach on pregnancy outcomes in Nigerian women with gestational diabetes but without diabetes (Nsukka, Nigeria).

    Robert Gabbay, Chair of the BRIDGES 2 Steering Group, said: “Following a detailed peer review process by a group of cross disciplinary international experts in diabetes and global health, we have selected these three projects to disseminate the successful approaches from our previously funded BRIDGES 1 projects”.

    BRIDGES 2 is a joint programme of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly).

  • Managing type 2 diabetes in primary care

    17 July 2017

    Around 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. From the onset of the disease until the symptoms develop, many people with undiagnosed diabetes already have complications such as chronic kidney disease, heart failure, retinopathy and neuropathy. Early detection, diagnosis, and cost-effective treatments can save lives and prevent or significantly delay devastating diabetes-related complications.

  • Latest issue of Diabetes Voice focuses on improving access to diabetes care

    05 July 2017

    In the July issue of Diabetes Voice, we turn our attention to the problem many people with diabetes face in accessing essential care and medicine across the globe. Diabetes is life-long and its management can be costly both for people with diabetes and national health systems.

  • IDF launches Clinical Practice Recommendations on the Diabetic Foot

    19 June 2017

    The diabetic foot is one of the most serious and costly complications of diabetes, resulting in an important economic, social, and public health burden, particularly in low-income communities. With the growing number of people living with diabetes worldwide, healthcare professionals are encouraged to pay attention to the major complications of diabetes in their daily practice.

  • IDF and Lilly announce second phase of BRIDGES programme

    09 June 2017

    More than 400 million people are living with diabetes. In a further effort to help spread lessons learned from clinical research to benefit people affected by this condition, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) have come together for the second phase of the Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems programme (BRIDGES 2), reaffirming their commitment to helping people with diabetes effectively manage their condition.

  • IDF highlights access to care as a leading concern of people with diabetes

    24 May 2017

    On the occasion of the 70th World Health Assembly, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) held a panel discussion in Geneva 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.

  • IDF launches IDF School of Diabetes Certified Courses for Health Professionals

    19 May 2017

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) recognises the value of providing continued professional education for health professionals and resources for people with diabetes and caregiver in a sustainable and convenient manner. To this end, IDF is pleased to announce the launch of the IDF School of Diabetes Certified Courses, a set of online courses tailored to the needs of a variety of healthcare professionals.

  • Welcome to the new idf.org!

    24 April 2017

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is delighted to present its new online platform.

  • World Diabetes Day 2017 to focus on women and diabetes

    08 March 2017

    wdd logo 200pxTo mark International Women's Day on March 8, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is pleased to announce that the theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 will be Women and diabetes - Our right to a healthy future.

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