IDF Aiming for a Worldwide Resolution on Diabetes

Clare Rosenfeld and her mother Kari first conceived the idea that has resulted in a global campaign to pass a United Nations Resolution on diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has taken up the challenge and is leading the campaign.

As you already know, diabetes is now an international epidemic. According to Professor Martin Silink, president elect of the International Diabetes Federation, 5 to 6 percent of the global adult population has diabetes. The number of newly diagnosed people around the globe is 6 million each year.

“The projections indicate that by 2025, 6.3 percent of the global adult population will have diabetes (334 million),” says Silink.

The growing diabetes epidemic will challenge the world’s healthcare systems. The economic impact along with the understaffed medical community will have the largest effect on low- and middle-income countries as well as on developing nations. The affluent countries will bear less of a burden.

Professor Silink is working closely with an international board for the proclamation of a United Nations Resolution on Diabetes on World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2007.

A Focus on Reducing Obesity

IDF’s goal in working with the United Nations is to garner the support of the international diplomatic community at the United Nations. By achieving this, countries around the world will recognize the importance of implementing social programs to prevent and reduce the high prevalence of diabetes.

The goal of the public health systems will be to reduce obesity, which is closely associated with diabetes. The educational strategy will focus on nutrition and increased activity, which will have a positive impact on weight control and diabetes. It has been well documented that there is a correlation between body mass index and diabetes. A country that focuses on educating its people on good nutrition and increased exercise will benefit both socially and economically.

IDF recognizes these benefits. That’s why they have made this issue their top priority. They are implementing a top-down global strategy, which they hope will be achieved through the United Nations’ support. They are also developing a “bottom-up” global awareness campaign that they expect to reach one billion people by November 14, 2007. This approach will use existing diabetes structures, IDF networks (seven regional councils and over 190 diabetes associations worldwide) and the extensive communications networks in industry, professional societies, and community service organizations.

Money From Foundations and Corporations Will Be Needed

IDF aims to raise two million euros to fund this campaign. Donations from the pharmaceutical industry, other industry partners and charitable organizations are critical to the campaign’s success. Foundations and corporations that would like to join the campaign for the United Nations Resolution on Diabetes should contact Kari Rosenfeld at to discuss their participation.

Who Is the IDF?

The International Diabetes Federation is the global advocate of more than 200 million people with diabetes worldwide. It represents over 190 diabetes associations in more than 150 countries. The mission of IDF is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. IDF is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organizations.

Source: International Diabetes Federation

The goal of IDF-led initiative is the proclamation of a United Nations Resolution on Diabetes to occur on World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2007.

IDF expects the outcomes of this Resolution to be

  • Increased global awareness of diabetes
  • Increased recognition of the humanitarian, social and economic burdens of diabetes
  • Individual nations making diabetes a health priority
  • Widespread implementation of cost effective strategies for the prevention of diabetes complications
  • Development of affordable public-health strategies for the prevention of diabetes
  • Recognition of “special needs” groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women, indigenous peoples and migrant people from developing nations
  • More research toward a cure

Source: International Diabetes Federation

IDF is instituting a worldwide symbol for diabetes—a blue circle. The circle represents global unity; the blue symbolizes the color of the sky.

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