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  • 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!

    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!

    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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