The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announced the launch of a new global effort to quantify the regional and global burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people with diabetes.
CVD is one of the most common complications associated with diabetes and is responsible for over one third of all deaths in people with diabetes. This project is supported by a grant from the AstraZeneca/Bristol Myers Squibb Diabetes Alliance.
Through this multi-pronged effort, IDF will work toward the publication of an update to the 2001 publication Time to Act: Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease in collaboration with a global panel of experts assembled by IDF. The updated publication will:
Raise public awareness about the links between diabetes and CVD
Update the evidence base for CVD and diabetes
Enable global and national policy makers to make informed decisions on diabetes
- Influence policy and discussion around diabetes in the post-2015 development agenda
The project will be carried out in three phases over the course of two years:
A scientific literature review on CVD in people with diabetes
Establishment of a model for estimating the burden of CVD in people with diabetes
- Generation of global and regional estimates of the burden of CVD in people with diabetes
IDF will ensure that the project produces the data needed to mobilize and strengthen the global diabetes community and to drive the fight against diabetes on all levels of society worldwide.
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Members of more than 50 Parliaments have committed themselves to tackling the global challenge posed by the surging worldwide diabetes pandemic.
The Parliamentarians released the Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes at the World Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in Melbourne, Australia today.
The Declaration was agreed at the first-ever Parliamentary Champions For Diabetes Forum held in Melbourne earlier this week. The Declaration has established the Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network. The Parliamentarians decided to act in light of new International Diabetes Federation (IDF) data estimating that by 2035 there will be 600 million people with diabetes, about one in ten of the world’s population, and a further 450 million at risk of developing the disease.
The Declaration acknowledges the increasingly serious social, economic and medical threat faced by nations large and small by the increasing diabetes pandemic.
The signatories have committed themselves to working across Parliaments to ensure that diabetes is high on the political agenda in every country. They want to see more preventative work, and then early diagnosis, management and access to adequate care, treatment and medicines is available for all those living with diabetes.
Welcoming the Declaration, the President of the International Diabetes Federation Sir Michael Hirst said “This is an important moment in the political battle to ensure that governments understand the threat the world faces from diabetes. This is a global challenge requiring a global response. The Melbourne Declaration provides our parliamentary supporters with the tools to raise the issue in every country across the world and press for change”.
The Hon. Judi Moylan is the Global Coordinator of the Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network with British MP Adrian Sanders as President. Simon Busuttil, Malta’s opposition leader and Dr Rachel Nyamai MP from Kenya are Vice-Presidents. Sir Michael Hirst, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Guy Barnett, a former Australian Senator and Co-Chairs of the Forum are ex-officio members of the Executive Committee.
Download here The Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes.
For further information, contact David Hallam +32 (0)471 257 333 or Guy Barnett +61 (0) 428 622333.
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Diabetes is a major threat to the health and productivity of all nations. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputations, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke, and early death. Disadvantaged people in every country carry the greatest burden and indigenous communities are especially vulnerable.
However, there are solutions for managing and preventing the diabetes pandemic and we need to embrace them now.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is the global advocate for the more than 382 million people with diabetes worldwide as well as their families and healthcare providers. IDF is a non-governmental organisation of over 200 member associations in more than 160 countries in official relations with the World Health Organization and is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. The mission of the International Diabetes Federation is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.
The International Diabetes Federation is very pleased to announce the launch of the largest multinational survey to investigate early conversations between physicians and people living with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D).
This survey, led by Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company, was developed in partnership with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and will include more than 10,000 people with T2D and more than 6,500 treating-physicians across 26 countries worldwide.
It will help to optimise the early conversations between patients and physicians and advance the quality of diabetes care worldwide.
You can download the press release here.
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Following the launch of the initial findings of the study on 13 November, the full IDF Europe study on Access to Quality Medicines and Medical Devices for Diabetes Care in Europe is now available online.
The first of its kind in the field of diabetes, the study highlights disparities in access to medicines and devices for diabetes care in the 47 countries of the IDF Europe Region. The report aims to provide evidence to policy makers and stakeholders on the current challenges faced by people living with diabetes in terms of access to the treatment they need.
Based on over 1,150 answers to a survey questionnaire, interviews and desk research, the study assesses key dimensions of access (availability, accessibility, affordability, quality and equity) for a range of treatment options used in diabetes care at national level, while offering a comparative, regional perspective that may inspire new solutions based on other countries’ experiences.
Country fact-sheets and sub-regional analysis are available here.
From Abu Dhabi to Zanzibar the world once again came together on 14 November to mark World Diabetes Day. In a powerful of display of unity around a shared cause, millions have been going blue for diabetes throughout the month of November, raising awareness of the ever-increasing threat posed by the diabetes pandemic and working to improve the lives of the 382 million people currently living with diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation marked World Diabetes Day by launching the 6th edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas. The latest research shows that one in ten of the world’s population will have diabetes by 2035, surging to a total of 592 million, many in low and middle income countries and the majority under 60 years of age. This surge will form the backdrop of the World Diabetes Congress (#WDC2013) in Melbourne, Australia, starting on 2 December. It must place diabetes very high on the agenda of health ministers throughout the world.
A debt of gratitude is owed to the more than 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in over 160 countries and the thousands of other dedicated organizations and individuals that organised events and joined together to make the day a special one.
The pictures and reports that we have received and which continue to come in tell the story of a remarkable shared experience. Here are some of the initial results:
- Over 700 personalities pinned with the blue circle
- Blue lightings in more than 60 countries
- More than 460 million steps submitted by over 660 individuals and groups at http://steps.worlddiabetesday.org.
- 857 supporters for the WDD Thunderclap campaign, resulting in a social reach of more than 1,2 million people for our WDD message on November 14
- Over 4,500 people have included the blue circle picbadge on their Facebook or Twitter profile picture
- #WDD and #diamundialdeladiabetes trending topics on Twitter on 14 November
- 33,000 followers on Facebook
- Over 16,000 followers on Twitter
- Over 60,000 blue circle pins distributed
- The IDF website – www.idf.org – received a record number of visits and pageviews on November 14.
See how the global diabetes community went blue for diabetes on 14 November:
- Visit the World Diabetes Day Flickr gallery
- View World Diabetes Day videos from around the world
- View global media coverage of the day
- View our global events map to see activities organised around the world
Please continue to:
- Take a step for diabetes by submitting your steps at http://steps.worlddiabetesday.org
- Send us your pictures of personalities pinned with the blue circle.
Running from 2-6 December at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the World Diabetes Congress will be the largest medical congress ever held in Australia and is the only global diabetes event of its kind. The Congress will welcome over 10,000 delegates from over 100 nations.
Professor Paul Zimmet AO, Director Emeritus of Melbourne’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Chair of the Congress Programme Committee says that this year’s Congress will put diabetes on the world stage as a major issue for public health.
It will also shine a light on the problem of diabetes in Australia’s Indigenous population.
“Australia’s Indigenous community has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world – a trend that is replicated in other Indigenous communities globally. Indigenous communities suffer from extremely high rates of kidney disease and it is important that this issue is addressed both politically and scientifically.”
With 400 speakers and 275 hours of innovative and interactive scientific sessions, the Congress will bring together healthcare professionals, researchers, policy makers, people with diabetes and their families to discuss the latest findings in diabetes research and best practice.
The World Diabetes Congress is one of three of the world’s largest and most prestigious conferences that will be held in Melbourne over the coming year; the other two are the World
Congress of Cardiology in May 2014 and the International AIDS Conference in July 2014. These three events combined will inject more than $184 million into the Victorian economy.
On December 3, the Congress will host high profile celebrities who have been impacted by diabetes, including Olympian Cathy Freeman, international cricket superstar Wasim Akram and celebrity chef and nephew of Bob Marley Charles Mattocks.
“Diabetes is one of the greatest epidemics the world has ever seen. The Western Pacific region is a diabetes epicentre, 1 in 3 adults live with diabetes in the region and at least 9% of the Australian population has the disease.”
Professor Zimmet believes the impact of this Congress can be significant, particularly in terms of better care of people with diabetes and prevention of diabetes in Australia and abroad.
“Australian researchers and clinicians are among the best in the world, and it’s wonderful to be able to showcase our programs and research at this years World Diabetes Congress.”
The Congress will incorporate seven key streams:
- Basic and Clinical Science
- Diabetes in Indigenous Peoples
- Diabetes Research in the 20th Century: a Historical Perspective
- Education, Integrated Care
- Global Challenges in Health
- Living with Diabetes
- Public Health and Epidemiology.
Diabetes Research in the 20th Century: a Historical Perspective is a new stream for this year, which Professor Zimmet believes will show the crucial role that Australia has played in diabetes research.
“Most people don’t know who made crucial discoveries in the area of diabetes research and development or why these were made. The new historical focused stream will cover the basis of who, why and how these new developments were made.”
The World Diabetes Congress will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 2 to 6 December 2013.
The IDF Life for a Child programme is pleased to have received a donation of $196USD through the generous support of the GreaterGood.org online community. Since March 2013 US based charitable organisation GreaterGood.org, a network of shopping websites supporting a variety of good causes, and its users have been donating to Life for a Child through their Gifts that Give More programme.
The funds raised contributed to the freight costs of an insulin shipment to Guatemala. The insulin was received by Life for a Child's in-country partner Asociación Creciendo con Diabetes and distributed locally to children supported by the programme.
Life for a Child would like to thank the GreaterGood.org network and its users for their valuable support. The programme will continue to be supported through Gifts that Give More, and GreaterGood.org will establish a click donation platform to raise further life-saving funds for the programme around World Diabetes Day in November.
The website for the EConDA project, of which IDF Europe is partner, was launched today.
EConDA (which stands for Economics of Chronic Diseases), is a collaborative project aiming at assessing and considering recommendations for integrated interventions for chronic diseases, performing an economic evaluation of the investment required, expected outcome and possibility for scaling up/transferring experiences across Europe.
The key aim of the project is to aid EU Member States to develop, select and implement more cost-effective policies to improve chronic disease prevention and impact upon populations with the highest rates of premature deaths from chronic diseases and reduce health inequalities.
EConDA is funded bythe European Commission Executive Agency for Health and Consumers.
For more information, visit www.econdaproject.eu
Message from the IDF President
Today we mark World Diabetes Day. It is a day of celebration for those with diabetes who demonstrate that with access to the right diabetes care, education and essential medicines life can be lived to its fullest.
But there is also a more sombre side to World Diabetes Day 2013 as we publish the 6th edition of our Diabetes Atlas. Our research shows that one in ten of the world’s population will have diabetes by 2035. We estimate that people living with diabetes will surge from 382 million to 592 million people by 2035, many in low and middle income countries and the majority under 60 years of age. This surge will form the backdrop of the World Diabetes Congress (#WDC2013) in Melbourne, Australia this December. It must place diabetes very high on the agenda of health ministers throughout the world.
Diabetes is a disease of development. The misconception that diabetes is ‘a disease of the wealthy’ is still held, to the detriment of desperately needed funding to combat the pandemic. In coming years we have much to do in making the case for those who have diabetes now and will have in the future.
As news of World Diabetes Day comes in from more than 200 member organisations in over 160 countries and territories I am deeply impressed with the commitment and enthusiasm of our worldwide diabetes community.
Thank you for your efforts.
Sir Michael Hirst
International Diabetes Federation
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