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Access to diabetes medicines and care in underserved populations: patient, health worker, government and multilateral perspectives on policy

Access medicine imageAccess to diabetes care remains inadequate and unaffordable in many countries, making it the leading concern of people living with diabetes.

On the occasion of the 70th World Health Assembly, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will hold a panel discussion in Geneva between people with diabetes, healthcare professionals and senior government officials on priority solutions to overcome national gaps between provision and availability of diabetes care and treatment among underserved populations.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 08:00-09:30

InterContinental Hotel, Ballroom A
7-9 Chemin du Petit-Saconnex
1211 Geneva

The event will highlight the central role of people with diabetes in all aspects of diabetes management, care and prevention and will introduce its new network, Blue Circle Voices. It will also feature the critical perspective of frontline health workers in achieving quality care and optimal health outcomes.

During the event, IDF will also disseminate the findings of the IDF Members’ Survey on Access and Affordability of Diabetes Medicines and Supplies to inform discussion on what is needed to achieve WHO 2025 targets at national levels.

Speakers and panellists will include:

  • Prof. Nam Cho, IDF President-Elect
  • Dr Etienne Krug, Director of WHO's Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention
  • Dr Anban Pillay, Deputy Director General: Health Regulation and Compliance, South Africa National Department of Health
  • Representative of the Government of Brazil (name TBC)
  • Stela Prgomelja, Vice-President of the Diabetes Association of Serbia, and member of the IDF Blue Circle Voices (Serbia)
  • Riva Greenberg, diabetes educator, health coach and member of the IDF Blue Circle Voices(USA)
  • Vanessa Pirolo, Project Coordinator at the Associação de Diabetes Juvenil, and member of the IDF Blue Circle Voices (Brazil)
  • Dr Sanele Madela, frontline health worker, Expectra 868 Health Solutions (South Africa)

IDF has worked with its Members and the Blue Circle Voices of Brazil and South Africa to develop policy recommendations to improve diabetes care in their respective countries. The recommendations can be downloaded by clicking on the images below.

IDF policy recommendation brazil IDF policy recommendation south africa
Brazil South Africa


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