International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

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  • Who we are

    The Inter­na­tional Dia­betes Fed­er­a­tion (IDF) is an umbrella orga­ni­za­tion of over 230 national dia­betes asso­ci­a­tions in 170 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries. It rep­re­sents the inter­ests of the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple with dia­betes and those at risk. The Fed­er­a­tion has been lead­ing the global dia­betes com­mu­nity since 1950.

    IDF’s mis­sion is to pro­mote dia­betes care, pre­ven­tion and a cure world­wide.

    Led by the Inter­na­tional Dia­betes Fed­er­a­tion, the Unite for Dia­betes cam­paign secured a United Nations Res­o­lu­tion on dia­betes in Decem­ber 2006. The Fed­er­a­tion con­tin­ues to lead the global effort to imple­ment Res­o­lu­tion 61225 under the Unite for Dia­betes ban­ner. The Res­o­lu­tion encour­ages UN Mem­ber States to develop national poli­cies for the pre­ven­tion, treat­ment and care of dia­betes in line with the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of their health-​care sys­tems, tak­ing into account the inter­na­tion­ally agreed devel­op­ment goals, includ­ing the Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals.

    The Fed­er­a­tion is engaged in action to tackle dia­betes from the local to the global level ― from pro­grammes at com­mu­nity level to world­wide aware­ness and advo­cacy ini­tia­tives.

    The Inter­na­tional Dia­betes Fed­er­a­tion is divided into seven regions, with the aim of strength­en­ing the work of national dia­betes asso­ci­a­tions and enhanc­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion between them. IDF’s national dia­betes asso­ci­a­tions are divided into the fol­low­ing regions: Africa (AFR),Europe (EUR),Middle East and North Africa (MENA), North Amer­ica and Caribbean (NAC),South and Cen­tral Amer­ica (SACA), South East Asia (SEA) and West­ern Pacific (WP).

    The Federation’s activ­i­ties aim to influ­ence pol­icy, increase pub­lic aware­ness and encour­age health improve­ment, pro­mote the exchange of high-​quality infor­ma­tion about dia­betes, and pro­vide edu­ca­tion for peo­ple with dia­betes and their health­care providers. IDF is asso­ci­ated with the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Infor­ma­tion of the United Nations and is in offi­cial rela­tions with the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO) and the Pan Amer­i­can Health Orga­ni­za­tion (PAHO).

    Our Mission

    The mis­sion of the Inter­na­tional Dia­betes Fed­er­a­tion is to pro­mote dia­betes care, pre­ven­tion and a cure worldwide.

    Our strate­gic goals are to:

    • Drive change at all lev­els, from local to global, to pre­vent dia­betes and increase access to essen­tial medicines.
    • Develop and encour­age best prac­tice in dia­betes pol­icy, man­age­ment and education.
    • Advance dia­betes treat­ment, pre­ven­tion and cure through sci­en­tific research.
    • Advance and pro­tect the rights of peo­ple with dia­betes, and com­bat discrimination.

    Mem­ber­ship – Why join the Federation

    IDF is a diverse and inclu­sive multi-​cultural net­work of national dia­betes asso­ci­a­tions, and an author­i­ta­tive global voice in non-​communicable dis­eases. Its great­est strength lies in the capac­ity of its mem­ber­ship and its abil­ity to ground global advo­cacy in the real­ity of local experience.

    IDF is divided into seven regions, with the aim of strength­en­ing the work of national dia­betes asso­ci­a­tions and enhanc­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion between them.

    IDF mem­ber­ship gives access to a global net­work of dia­betes experts and vol­un­teers mobilised to sup­port national associations.

    By join­ing IDF, you will par­tic­i­pate in the largest net­work of dia­betes orga­ni­za­tions ded­i­cated to achieve progress for peo­ple with diabetes.

    You will have access to:

    • Edu­ca­tional mate­ri­als, with access to proven, effec­tive, pro­fes­sional edu­ca­tion about diabetes
    • Advo­cacy mate­ri­als, with access to advo­cacy tools and resources to empower dia­betes advocates
    • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion mate­ri­als, with access to World Dia­betes Day printed cam­paign material
    • Net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, through a global net­work of dia­betes organ­i­sa­tions con­nec­tions and through the World Dia­betes Con­gress with the oppor­tu­nity to share expe­ri­ences and strate­gize with the dia­betes community


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