Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/01/2009 - 14:57
This year marked the 20th meeting of the IDF World Diabetes Congress, which was held in Montreal, Canada, in October. The five-day congress brought thousands of international delegates to the Canadian city to discuss burning issues in diabetes care and examine local, national and regional solutions to a growing global problem.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/01/2009 - 14:13
At the global level, a defining feature of what is now called ‘global health governance’ is the extension of the role of policy actor beyond national governments and international agencies to include public/private partnerships, private foundations, international NGOs, as well as the private sector.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 11/27/2009 - 11:34
An unhealthy diet is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, so what can we do to help people eat healthily? An important step is to ensure that children are encouraged to eat healthy food, and are not subjected to marketing that promotes energy-dense food that is high in fat, sugar and salt. Justin Macmullan looks at profit-driven but potentially dangerous marketing practices, and calls for an international code of practice to prevent the children of today from becoming the junk-food generation of tomorrow.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 11/27/2009 - 11:23
IDF is an organization of associations in over 160 countries around the world. As such, it is organized from the ground up. Local associations deliver the programmes of the Federation. While offering counsel and advice as well as access to best practices, IDF seeks to empower the local association. Rotary International is a similar organization. The world’s largest and oldest service club, it has over 1.2 million members in more than 33,000 clubs in 160 countries.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 11/27/2009 - 11:18
It may be a surprise to hear that at present there is no overall plan or framework to coordinate or fund research into diabetes across Europe – despite the urgent attention called to the disease from many organizations both patient-led and professional. Although investigators within different research fields and individual research groups have a good idea of where their research is heading, and although national diabetes associations may have drawn up research strategies in order to use national funds wisely, there is no Europe-wide strategy.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 14:09
From time to time, family doctor and chief medical officer Alan Glaseroff interviews panels of people with diabetes in front of an audience of other people with diabetes, medical professionals, diabetes educators and clinical teams. The panel members are people who, having successfully overcome obstacles which at first caused them to struggle with their condition, are willing to share their stories.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 13:18
Diagnosed when he was 12 years old, Adam Elliot has had type 1 diabetes for nearly three years. He is currently a student at All Saints Catholic High School in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. In this article, he shares his experiences of type 1 diabetes and explains how self-management has made his life with the condition not just bearable but as he sees it ‘a real journey that I believe is providing me with a lot of useful life lessons’.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 10/13/2009 - 16:32
Healthcare implies sound knowledge in the field of biomedicine, underpinned by evidence-based medicine. There is another fundamental dimension: the healthcare provider-patient relationship. Balint studied the gap between the professional identity of doctors and the reality of patients – an ocean of unspoken messages separates their worlds. The further dimension is that of therapeutic education, the objective of which is to help people to become more autonomous. In these three aspects of healthcare, the relationship between patients and doctors is never even.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 10/13/2009 - 16:25
There are various ways to improve people’s capacity to cope with the psychological burden of a chronic condition. A recent programme based on self-expression through painting demonstrated a way of discovering a person’s potential for development and self-efficacy. This report describes the structure and process of a painting workshop programme for people affected by a chronic condition. Attending one or several painting workshops, the participants used the art material to express and give shape to their inner suffering associated with their condition.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 12:00
The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member associations. Created by the Federation and the World Health Organization in 1991, World Diabetes Day is an official United Nations Day. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted after the passage of the United Nations Resolution on diabetes.