The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018 and 2019 is The Family and Diabetes.

A two-year timeframe has been chosen to best align the World Diabetes Day campaign to the current IDF strategic plan and facilitate planning, development, promotion and participation. Materials and actions that IDF will develop over the two years of the campaign will aim to:

  • Raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected.
  • Promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.

Diabetes concerns every family

Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and the promotion of healthy living environments. Families have a key role to play in addressing the modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes and must be provided with the education, resources and environments to live a healthy lifestyle.

1 in 2 people currently living with type 2 diabetes is undiagnosed. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to prevent the complications of diabetes and achieve healthy outcomes. All families are potentially affected by diabetes and so awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors for all types of diabetes are vital to help detect it early.

Diabetes can be expensive for the individual and family. In many countries, the cost of insulin injection and daily monitoring alone can consume half of a family’s average disposable income, and regular and affordable access to essential diabetes medicines are out of reach for too many. Improving access to affordable diabetes medicines and care is therefore urgent to avoid increased costs for the individual and family, which impact on health outcomes.

Less than 1 in 4 family members have access to diabetes education programmes. Family support in diabetes care has been shown to have a substantial effect in improving health outcomes for people with diabetes. It is therefore important that ongoing diabetes self-management education and support be accessible to all people with diabetes and their families to reduce the emotional impact of the disease that can result in a negative quality of life.

Campaign messages, materials and promotional actions for World Diabetes Day 2018-19 will be made available soon to help the diabetes and wider community prepare for awareness activities throughout the month of November.

As a large global federation, IDF has the power to convene and mobilize leading diabetes experts from a wide range of countries and professions through its biennial Congress, one of the world’s largest medical congresses.

A core activity of IDF - owned, controlled and organized by the federation

The IDF Congress provides a platform to discuss a broad range of diabetes issues, from latest scientific advances to cutting-edge information on education, diabetes care, advocacy and awareness. Participants include physicians, scientists, nurses, educators and other healthcare professionals, as well as government representatives, policy makers, people with diabetes, IDF members and media.

Every two years, the IDF Congress is held in a different location around the world. From its first congress held in Leiden, the Netherlands in 1952 to the IDF Congress of today, the number of participants has grown from a few hundred to over 12,000 delegates from more than 180 countries.

Putting diabetes on the global health agenda

The IDF Congress provides the global diabetes community with an exclusive opportunity to come together to exchange knowledge and best practice and build relationships to help shape the future of diabetes. Its objectives include:

  • Sharing the latest scientific advances and knowledge on practical aspects related to diabetes care, education and advocacy
  • Influencing policy makers and local health authorities to create national diabetes plans and make diabetes a health priority.
  • Attracting resources to assist those working to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
  • Supporting IDF members in developing national strategies to help achieve IDF’s mission.

Innovation, inspiration and an integrated approach to diabetes care

The IDF Congress scientific programme covers all aspects of diabetes:

  • Clinical and Basic Science
  • Education and Integrated Care
  • Health Systems & Epidemiology
  • Life With Diabetes
  • Global Challenges in Health

Various session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, meet the expert and workshops – address the needs of a diverse and international audience. Other related activities, including satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated events, contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking. At the heart of the IDF Congress is the Diabetes Spotlight, an open session structure enabling delegates to interact with speakers, and network with other delegates surrounded by the Global Village, which hosts IDF’s 240 members in over 160 countries.

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Hyderabad is the capital of the Indian state of Telangana. With a population of about 6.7 million, it is the fourth most populous city in India.

Hyderabad was historically known as a pearl and diamond trading centre and many of the city's traditional bazaars remain open until today. The Old City of Hyderabad is one of India's most evocative ancient quarters and some of Islamic India's most impressive architecture looms over the Old City. The emergence of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the 1990s led to the area's naming as India's "Genome Valley". 


Hyderabad is well connected by air, rail and road.

Hyderabad airport

Hyderabad's new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (IATA: HYD) is located 22 km from the city. The sleek and well-organized airport is one of the best aviation facilities in India. The elevated expressway to the airport takes 20 minutes from the city.

Direct international connectivity from Hyderabad is available for many countries. International carriers operating from Hyderabad include Air India, British Airways, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Silk Air, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways.

Domestic connectivity is excellent with Indian airlines operating from here including Air India, Air India Express, Indian Airlines, Indigo Airlines, Jet Airways, JetLite, Trujet and SpiceJet.

Delegates are invited to book through our preferred travel agency ATPI, offering best rates and expertise. Use the convenient online booking form to get professional advice on the best itinerary and connection at competitive rates.

Getting from the airport to the city


Pushpak air-conditioned buses run by the airport connect to various designated points in the city at prices varying between Rs 150 and Rs. 250

The buses have a frequency of one bus every 30 min from 3:30am to 11pm and every hour from midnight to 3am. Travel time varies between 45 mins and 2 hrs, depending on time of the day and traffic conditions.

You can reach the designated points and then take an auto or metered cab from there.


Metered air-conditioned radio cabs are available for hire starting from Rs 40 for the first 2 km. Skycabs and Meru are approved by the airport @ 21 Rs/km and are available just after exiting the terminal building.

The Hyderabad Traffic Police has partnered with the Airport authorities to run a counter for prepaid taxis. This is a safe option with all taxis being registered with the police. The police also runs a SHE cab service now, especially for women travellers, with female drivers and safety equipment such as a GPS connected to the Police Control Room.

One can also hire a cab from many app- based services such as Uber or Ola.


All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad.

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All individual visa seekers are requested to apply for the Indian Visa through the online portal for visa application to India

Citizens of over 113 countries are eligible for an e-visa (Electronic Travel Authorisation ETA). An e-Visa application must be made at least four calendar days in advance of the date of arrival and can be made as early as 120 days in advance. The visa is valid for 60 calendar days from the date of arrival, and can be obtained twice in a calendar year.

e-Visa fees are divided into four categories (zero, US$25, US$50 and US$75) depending on nationality plus a bank fee of 2.5% of the visa fee.

To learn if you are eligible for an e-visa, please visit


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Support people with diabetes in humanitarian settings to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development   Healthy nutrition is key for good diabetes management and prevention of type 2 diabetes in humanitarian settings


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Huma diab 2 400pxNo one should be left behind – Act now to support people with diabetes in humanitarian settings and help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development!

IDF calls on national governments, international organisations and donor organisations, civil society and the private sector to:

Guarantee uninterrupted access to diabetes medication and care for all displaced people with diabetes and integrate diabetes care as a key component of the humanitarian response.

This involves:

  • Ensuring that the needs of people with diabetes in all types of humanitarian settings are considered in humanitarian preparedness plans and responses
  • Providing, alongside essential diabetes care and medicines, the framework for effective diabetes education, prevention and screening
  • Promoting inter-sectoral, inter-country and inter-agency coordination and collaboration
  • Fostering the adoption of essential T1D and T2D medicines and supplies and general diabetes guidelines in emergency response kits

Increase funding to strengthen health systems in areas with a high burden of displaced populations.

This involves:

  • Ensuring that the financial conditions are met for countries to provide essential diabetes care and medicine at an affordable price point or with full financial protection
  • Providing official adequate development assistance to support national health systems
  • Fostering multi-sector, multi-stakeholder and multi-country partnerships
  • Investing in the training of multi-disciplinary healthcare teams
  • Promoting the development of culturally-adapted prevention and care programmes

Generate data through screening and monitoring programmes to assess the exact burden of diabetes among forcibly displaced people.

This involves:

  • Developing data collection protocols and mechanisms to capture the actual scope of the problem including assessing the cost-effectiveness of diabetes prevention, management and care in humanitarian settings
  • Funding research into best practices regarding effective prevention, management and care of diabetes in humanitarian settings
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