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(1): CIA factbook

(2): WHO 2008

(3): IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition annual update, 2012





BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme of the International Diabetes Federation, and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes. BRIDGES funds translational research projects in primary and secondary prevention of diabetes to provide the opportunity to "translate" lessons learned from clinical research to those who can benefit most: people affected by diabetes.

BRIDGES is supporting the best ideas from the global multidisciplinary community interested in diabetes.

The BRIDGES project solicits proposals that support cost effective and sustainable interventions that can be adopted in real world settings, for the prevention and control of diabetes. Projects should be based on interventions already proven to be effective in trials to prevent and treat diabetes, to improve care of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and delay its complications. The interventions proposed should have the potential to be widely disseminated to clinical practice, individuals and communities. The scope of the funding is to help communities around the globe to identify special needs related to intervention and prevention.

To date, IDF BRIDGES is supporting 38 projects in 34 countries.

More information on the programme is available on

The International Diabetes Federation


The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. 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.

IDF's mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. 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 Federation is engaged in action to tackle diabetes from the local to the global level - from programmes at community level to worldwide awareness and advocacy initiatives. 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).

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