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.
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 61/225 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 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).
IDF is unique in being a federation of not-for-profit organisations dedicated to action on diabetes, and as such forms the largest civil society organisation in the world serving people with and affected by diabetes. With over 230 Members in more than 170 countries, IDF is the legitimate voice of the global diabetes community. The Federation continues to grow, both in terms a growing membership base, but also in terms of engagement at a global level with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations (UN).IDF enjoys official recognition with WHO, as well as with UN Economic and Social Committee.
IDF’s greatest strength lies in the capacity of its membership and the ability to ground global advocacy in the reality of local experience. Members provide a large volunteering force to ensure we can achieve our strategic objectives, particularly in low and middle-income countries where the Federation has a strong presence.
The work of IDF in the years 2016-2017 will focus on our core mission of being the Global Voice of Diabetes. They will speak with a strong voice drawing on our wide Membership and the support of our partners in industry and across civil society. We will speak with authority based on our engagement in a wide range of research initiatives covering diabetes care and prevention, epidemiology, statistics, health economics, health education for professionals and citizens, as well as health system reform.