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Message from Ann Keeling, CEO, IDF

We've come a long way but we're not done yet!

This quarter marked the one year anniversary of the UN High-Level Summit on NCDs. I have been reflecting on this anniversary and asking myself, what progress has been made? Where do we stand in terms of IDF’s mission of promoting diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide?

In September 2011 we made a global breakthrough for diabetes. A true watershed occurred within the world’s guiding authority, the United Nations (UN). Read more

Spotlight on Turkey

Rates of diabetes in Turkey are increasing faster than the global average. A 2010 survey estimates that diabetes prevalence stands at 13.6%. This quarter, we speak with Temel Yilmaz, President and founding member of the Turkish Diabetes Foundation about his organisation’s work to combat the epidemic.

How does your Foundation overcome challenges presented to people with diabetes in Turkey?
In Turkey, there are serious problems in the quality of diabetes care, education and reimbursement. Although there seems to be no difficulties with the availability of medications, there are problems in the reimbursement of strips and in patient education programmes. Read more

Five questions with Professor Azad Khan

Professor Azad Khan is a leading light in the world of NCDs. He has translated visions and research into practical action for the benefit of millions of people with diabetes, not only in Bangladesh but also in many other resource poor countries like Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives. He is president of the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh. Professor Khan talks to IDF about his inspiration and hopes for future diabetes care and education

1. The Lancet called you a “prime mover” behind NCD programmes in Bangladesh, what was your inspiration to become involved in the area of NCDs and what do you consider your main achievement?
I realized quite early that even in developing countries like Bangladesh communicable diseases will largely become manageable. The real challenge will now be to overcome NCDs which are directly related to lifestyle changes and in most situations are life-long. Read more

A blogger's view with Renza Scibilia

Created in the USA, the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) is an invaluable support network for many people with diabetes. Now Renza Scibilia of Diabetes Australia is trying to stir-up similar online action in her home country. Here she tells us about her mission with the OzDOC!

The Diabetes Online Community (DOC) in Australia has been quiet until now why the sudden stirring?
I think it’s our time!  It’s been interesting to see the growing numbers of the Australian diabetes online community on Twitter and in blogs in recent times. Read more

Miguel Paludo: Racing with diabetes

Brazilian NASCAR racer, Miguel Paludo is one of IDF’s newest Blue Circle Champions. He talks to us about the practicalities of racing with diabetes and his hopes for his son Oliver, who was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Tell us about your experience with diabetes, how has your attitude changed toward the disease?
For me, taking care of my diabetes every day is normal. It’s like brushing your teeth and eating: every day I have to check my blood sugar. When I realized I had diabetes, it was overwhelming but the most intimidating fact was that it’s something you have for the rest of your life. Read more

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IDF News

New Global Guideline for Type 2 Diabetes

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The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the Clinical Guidelines Task Force are pleased to announce the launch of the second edition of the Global Guideline for Type 2 Diabetes.
The only global guideline of its kind, this edition features new and revised information on:

•Type 2 management in older people
•Algorithms for people with type 2 diabetes
•Glucose control therapy and lifestyle management

Soon to be available in hardcopy, you can download your electronic copy here

D-NET is 2 years old

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The Diabetes Education Network for Health Professionals (D-NET) is celebrating two years since its launch back at the 2010 EASD meeting in Stockholm. Developed as a response to requests from health professionals, the 1,700 member-strong virtual network demonstrates IDF’s commitment to health professional education and collaboration. It has become a successful virtual community of practice. Read more


Blue Diwali for Diabetes

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To mark this year’s World Diabetes Day (WDD), IDF has chosen India to be the focal country for its global celebration. Together with the Indian Ministry of Health, IDF President, Jean Claude Mbanya will launch the nation-wide WDD India celebration on November 7. From Delhi to Mumbai to Chennai, IDF will participate in numerous local activities from free screenings, walk-a-thons, flash mobs, diabetes symposium and education sessions. Read more


Progress: One year on

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A year after the historic UN Summit on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), IDF has been working to build the future foundations for action on diabetes and NCDs. In this quarter, we have seen major developments in our campaign for a robust Global NCD Framework, including a bold set of global targets to drive action on diabetes and NCDs, a Global NCD Mechanism to catalyse multisectoral action, and the next Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020. Read more


Life for a Child at the 1st African Diabetes Congress

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Dr Graham Ogle, General Manager for the Life For A Child programme recently travelled to Tanzania, to participate in the inaugural African Diabetes Congress. Organised by the IDF Africa Region, the event brought together key stakeholders and leaders in the arena of diabetes and other Non-communicable Diseases. Participants at the event discussed ambitions, priorities and actions for change within the Africa region. Read more

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