Diabetes and disasters

Last update: 09/02/2022

People with diabetes need uninterrupted access to medicines and care. They need healthy food and a safe space to exercise. Caring for diabetes becomes even more difficult when a disaster or pandemic strikes. In these difficult circumstances, people with diabetes often struggle to manage their condition and are at increased risk of life-threatening complications. This can be improved by good pre-planning of the response to a disaster.

The IDF Western Pacific Region and its national members have developed guidelines to inform the diabetes-related response to a disaster. These are available, along with related articles and resources, for download at the links below.

Australia

Source: Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)

China

Source: Chinese Diabetes Society

Japan

Source: Journal of Diabetes Investigation

Korea

Source: Kidney Research and Clinical Practice

Covid-19

Source: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice

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