Education is an integral component of the diabetes management and care. All health professionals need access to proven, effective, professional education about diabetes. IDF diabetes education resources are designed to improve the profile of education and the expertise of diabetes educators and other health professionals.
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The number of health professionals who demonstrate a solid understanding of the principles of diabetes care and education is inadequate to meet the needs of the growing number of people with or at risk for diabetes worldwide. The International Standards for Education of Diabetes Health Professionals (the International Standards) are intended for use by institutions that currently provide or wish to provide a health professional diabetes education programme.
The KiDS project is an education program designed for the following target groups: Teachers (grades 1-9); School nurses and school staff; School students (aged 6-14 years); Parents; Policy makers and Government officials.
The KiDS information pack is divided in two sections: the first section is focused on type 1 diabetes and the needs of children in school, offering both guidelines for the management of children with diabetes and a sample diabetes management plan; the second section is focused on guidelines for a healthy lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation(IDF) recognises the urgent need to reach a great number of healthcare providers with the best diabetes education materials to promote improved daily diabetes management and care skills and prevent disabling complications. Innovative, appropriate educational tools are key to engage and motivate all learners and facilitate effective learning. To this effect, IDF has developed a Peer Leader Training Manual to train Peer Leaders (PL) to provide on-going diabetes self-management support(DSMS) as part of a larger study.
The IDF Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of local health professionals, institutions and organizations.It can be adapted to suit local contexts. It was originally developed in response to the need for health professionals to have specialized, evidenced-based training in diabetes education. A comprehensive curriculum is fundamental to the education of well prepared and clinically effective diabetes educators.