International Diabetes Federation to set up global framework for diabetes education
6 June 2008
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will begin designating centres of education globally to improve clinical outcomes, care and knowledge of healthcare providers and people with diabetes. IDF is calling for applications from institutions and member organisations that have a recognised reputation in health professional education.
The Federation aims to create a robust global framework for the effective implementation of diabetes education activities at the global, regional and local level. With the increasing prevalence of diabetes worldwide and the lack of properly trained healthcare providers in diabetes education and care, IDF saw the need to create IDF Centres of Education.
"The International Diabetes Federation is the primary body that can facilitate action to fight the diabetes epidemic and its consequences. To do this we must facilitate the development of health professionals highly skilled in diabetes management. Therefore the implementation of this initiative by IDF signals a very exciting and significant milestone in our growth as an organisation," said Marg McGill, IDF Senior Vice-President and Chair of the IDF Consultative Section on Diabetes Education.
Diabetes is now a global epidemic with over 250 million people living with the disease. IDF estimates that by 2025, over 380 million people will live with diabetes. The United Nations Resolution on diabetes recognized diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with major complications. It urges all governments to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes.
The IDF Consultative Section on Diabetes Education has been a world leader in developing resources and programmes for diabetes education that would be an asset for governments and health professionals. In 2002, the Section published the International Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education and in 2006 produced 19 modules of presentation slides based on them.
In addition, the Federation has developed education courses based on the curriculum and has held 14 Multidisciplinary Diabetes Professional Programmes throughout the world. In 2003, IDF published the International Standards for Diabetes Education which serves as a basis for the development of quality diabetes education services. It guides healthcare providers in such areas as leadership, communication, documentation, the need for ongoing professional education, and physical requirements to be able to provide services, evaluation and research.
Designated Centres of Education
To meet the growing demand for diabetes education knowledge and expertise and to build capacity worldwide, IDF will designate its Centres of Education in local institutions which already have the knowledge and experience in providing diabetes education. The institutions selected by IDF will form part of an international collaborative voluntary network to initiate, facilitate, conduct and coordinate high-quality education for healthcare professionals in diabetes and other related chronic diseases.
An institution is designated as an IDF Centre of Education for an initial term of four years. The designation may be renewed for another four years or a shorter period. An IDF Centre of Education may be jointly designated by the International Diabetes Federation and another competent and specialized international body, such as the World Health Organization (WHO). Designation of centres is independent of financial support. Centres will face continuous monitoring and evaluation by IDF.
Institutions making an application to become an IDF Centre of Education will be required to conduct workshop-based programmes for health professionals training for a minimum of 40 to 50 students per year, either at national or regional level. There must be a post-programme follow-up; where possible, institutions must encourage the integration of the programmes into the curricula of other institutions; and encourage and incorporate the participation of people affected by diabetes.
To find out more, visit www.idf.org/home/index.cfm?node=1641