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President of IDF calls for government focus and spending on diabetes and other NCDs
Date:5/11/2009

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) today announced that its President, Professor Martin Silink has called on governments worldwide to recognize the severe impact of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases and take immediate action to ameliorate the threat.

Speaking today at the ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review Regional Ministerial Meeting on NonCommunicable Diseases in Doha, Qatar on May 10-11, Professor Silink urged governments, the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to recognize the impact of non-communicable diseases including diabetes on global health, and to include them in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and development aid programs.

President Silink stated that non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases account for 60% of all deaths worldwide, with the majority of these deaths occurring in low-and middle-income countries . Non-communicable diseases are a major and growing economic burden to individuals and their families and impose a heavy toll on healthcare systems and society. Despite the growing disease burden of non-communicable diseases, they have not been included in the MDGs.

"The global epidemic of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases is hitting the poorest hardest. Four in five deaths from NCDs now occur in low and middle-income countries. The low-cost solutions to prevent many of these deaths are yet to be implemented. Without decisive action, the NCD burden threatens to undermine the benefits of improving standards of living, education and economic growth in many countries," said Silink.

"The global diabetes community," Silink added "is waiting for UN Member States to follow through on the promise of the UN Resolution on diabetes."

In 2006 the United Nations passed UN Resolution 61/225: World Diabetes Day, which recognized that "diabetes is a chronic, debilitatin
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Contact: Kerrita McClaughlyn
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322-543-1639
International Diabetes Federation
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