International Diabetes Federation to set up global framework for
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
"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
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.
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