The YLD newsletter compiles the initiatives that the YLD members develop in their respective countries, as well as news from IDF and joint activities between the YLD members and IDF. 

The YLD newsletter is published every two months in English. 

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October 2017

January 2018


The second BCV consultation took place in June 2017. This consultation focused on the barriers to access to diabetes care, medicines and supplies. Some 70 BCV members participated in this consultation.

To read more about the barriers to access diabetes care, you can download the highlights report.

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The IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) is a programme initated by IDF in 2011 to create a voice for young people with diabetes worldwide. The programme provides young people with diabetes with continuous education throughout a two-year period to empower them and help them become efficient advocates for themselves and others living with diabetes worldwide. The objectives of the YLD Programme are to:

  • Be the key driver in enhancing the lives of young people living with diabetes
  • Raise awareness of all types of diabetes by being a powerful voice for prevention, education, access to quality care, improved quality of life, and to help end discrimination and stigma related to diabetes
  • Support and strengthen IDF, its Regions and Members and build a global people’s movement for diabetes

For the 2018-2019 term, the YLD network is composed of 88 members:

  • 68 YLD Candidates, who joined the YLD Programme in 2017 and will develop a national diabetes project with the support of their national diabetes associations by 2019;
  • 20 YLD Mentors, who joined the YLD Programme in 2015 or before, successfully developed a national diabetes project during their Candidates term, and now advise the YLD Candidates on how to implement their own projects.

You can find more information about the YLD Programme here.

In December 2016, IDF held a consultation with the Blue Circle Voices (BCV) network with the objective of establishing the priorities of the network. Some 82 participants from 43 different countries responded to the survey.

The main issue identified by the BCV members was access and affordability of medicines, devices and medical care, followed by education, prevention and finally discrimination.

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Learn more about the priorities of the BCV network by downloading the highlights report (pdf, 7MB).

  You can also download our summary document Perspectives of People with Diabetes (English / Français / Español)




Some BCV members have been instrumental in the development of the following IDF advocacy activities:

Perspectives of people living with diabetes

In December 2016 IDF organised the first consultation with the BCV members focused on the priorities of the network. This consultation informed the development of this document which features the four main priorities of people with diabetes: access and affordability of medicines and care, diabetes education, prevention of type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications, and discrimination.

You can access this document in English, French and Spanish in our E-Library.

WHA side event

In May 2017 and on the occasion of the World Health Assembly, IDF organised a side event focused on access to diabetes medicines and care in underserved populations. Three BCV members participated as panellists in this event: Riva Greenberg (USA), Vanessa Pirolo Vivancos (Brazil) and Stela Prgomelja (Serbia).

You can find more information about this event here.

Policy recommendations to improve diabetes care

In 2017 IDF developed policy recommendations to improved diabetes care in Brazil, Russia and South Africa. These documents were developed with the support of the IDF Members and BCV members from those countries.

You can access the policy recommendations here

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