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The Need

Diabetes is one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century. In 2015, 415 million people globally have diabetes, if nothing is done to reverse this trend it is estimated that this number will rise to 642 million in 2040. Up to 90% of global diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and the number of people with T2DM is increasing in almost every country. (IDF Diabetes, 7th ed. 2015).

The rapid global growth in all types of diabetes means there is an urgent need to upgrade the capacity of health professionals and other health workers to be able to educate and manage people with diabetes, especially in low and middle-income countries. Education of people with diabetes is a critically important, fundamental and an integral component of diabetes care that should be available and accessible to everyone.

IDF recognises the value of providing continued professional education for health professionals and resources for people with diabetes and caregiver in a sustainable and convenient manner.

To this effect, IDF plans to build upon its long track record of developing evidence-based educational resources for both people living with diabetes and health professionals and has launched the IDF School of Diabetes.

The increase in the prevalence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases present a double burden on low to middle-income countries. This double burden consists of trying to cope with the present burden of communicable diseases and emerging non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. There are specific barriers to establishing a healthcare workforce in low- and middle-income countries qualified to provide evidence-based education and management for the growing numbers of people with diabetes. A shortage of healthcare professionals, lack of standardised programmes for professional diabetes education, barriers to access to education, a lack of recognition by healthcare organisations and ministries of health of the specialised role and competencies required for diabetes education and management are some of these challenges.

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Vision

Our Vision is to deliver high standard, evidence-based diabetes education for health professionals, people with diabetes and caregivers worldwide.

Mission

Our Mission encompassed the following objectives:

  • To advance the development of a global health workforce prepared to meet the needs of people with diabetes
  • To meet the global demand for effective diabetes detection, prevention, quality care, and treatment strategies
  • Provide innovative high quality education programmes for health professionals engaged in diabetes management and care
  • Provide educational resources for people with diabetes and caregivers
  • To create a dynamic community of diabetes professionals interested in improving their clinical practice and learning from other professionals around the globe.

Governance Structure

Global

Prof Shaukat Sadikot
India

Prof Luis Gardete-Correia
Portugal

Prof Nam Han Cho
Republic of Korea

Africa

Dr Ahmed Reja
Ethiopia

Europe

Prof Sehnaz Karadeniz
Turkey

Middle East and
North Africa

Dr Nizar Al Bache
Syria

North America
and Caribbean

MS Sharon Frazer
Belize

South and Central
America

Dr Ammar Ibrahim
Dominican Republic

South-East Asia

Dr Anil Bhoraskar
India

Western Pacific

Prof Wayne Sheu
Taiwan

Executive Committee

Prof Shaukat Sadikot
India

Prof Luis Gardete-Correia
Portugal

Dr Belma Malanda
Belgium

Dr Banshi Saboo
India

Amanda Adler
UK

Ana Cristina Paiva
Portugal

Ana Filipa Lopes
Portugal

Ana Isabel Mendes
Portugal

Ana Lúcia Covinhas
Portugal

Ana Luísa Costa
Portugal

Bruno Almeida
Portugal

Carlos Góis
Portugal

Carlos Monteiro
Portugal

Caroline Day
UK

Cliff Bailey
UK

Duarte Matos
Portugal

Eugene Sobngwi
Cameroon

Helena Nunes
Portugal

José Luís Themudo Barata
Portugal

Jose Luiz Medina
Portugal

Jose Silva Nunes
Portugal

Juan Jose Gagliardino
Argentina

Juliana CN Chan
China

Lawrence A. Leiter
Canada

Léone Duarte
Portugal

Lisa Vicente
Portugal

Lúcia Zacarias
Portugal

Luísa Maria Guimarães
Portugal

Lurdes Serrabulho
Portugal

Manuela Carvalheiro
Portugal

Marco Dutra Medeiros 
Portugal

Maria Paula Macedo
Portugal

Marina Dingle
Portugal

Martin Buyychaert
Belgium

David Owens
UK

Pablo Aschner
Colombia

Patricia Branco
Portugal

Paula Bogalho
Portugal

Pedro Matos
Portugal

Rita Birne
Portugal

Rogerio Ribeiro
Portugal

Shaukat Sadikot
India

Stephen Colagiuri
Australia

Teresa Laginha
Portugal

Acknowledgment

David Cavan
UK

Milena Garcia
Colombia

Sónia Silva
Portugal

School Secretariat

Belma Malanda
Senior Project Manager
Democratic Republic of the Congo
E: belma.malanda@idf.org

Sameer Pathan
Education Project Coordinator
India
E: sameer.pathan@idf.org

Amrinder Malhi
Intern - Policy and Programmes
UK
E: mahli.amrinder@idf.org

Lorenzo Piemonte
Senior Communications Coordinator
Italy
E: lorenzo.piemonte@idf.org

Romina Savuleac
Junior Professional Officer - Communications
Moldova
E: romina.savuleac@idf.org

Delphine Sartiaux
Manager, Global Partnerships
Belgium
E: Dephine.sartiaux@idf.org

Sabine Dupont
Development Manager
France
E: sabine.dupont@idf.org

Features of the IDF School of Diabetes

IDF School of diabetes brings you a one stop portal giving access to the best in-class information on recent advances in diabetes therapy.

The information has been processed by deploying various interactive tools to take care of excellent user experience.

Partners

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Supporting Partners

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To know more about IDF please visit: www.idf.org