The next IDF Congress will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 6-9 December 2021.
The IDF Congress 2021 will offer the best of both worlds to the global diabetes community. We will gather in Bangkok and on the IDF Congress virtual platform to exchange knowledge, chat with experts and peers and present the latest findings and scientific work. A fully digital poster area, live streamed sessions, live Questions and Answers for our onsite and online delegates and an exciting exhibition space will take the IDF Congress to the next level, keeping everyone engaged and connected.
More details on the hybrid format of the IDF Congress 2021 will be published here as they are made available.
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Welcome from the IDF President
During these difficult times dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember we are facing an ever-increasing global epidemic of diabetes. The Western Pacific region is among the regions most impacted. It is home to one in three of all people living with diabetes, more than half of which are undiagnosed. The numbers continue to increase, yet the resources allocated to detecting, treating and preventing diabetes and its complications lag way behind the growing demand. The current COVID-19 pandemic will likely place the resources that do exist under additional strain.
With this in mind, the IDF Congress 2021 in Bangkok provides the ideal forum for the global diabetes community to continue to make the case for the level of attention, recognition and resources that diabetes deserves. The Congress will convene at the end of a year of activities to mark the centenary of the discovery of insulin. It is therefore an opportunity to not only to celebrate a historic therapeutic advancement that changed the lives for so many, but also to advocate for the millions of people with diabetes that continue to experience difficulty accessing the essential medications, technologies and care they need.
IDF 2021 in Bangkok will provide a unique forum for knowledge exchange, bringing together the extensive global network of physicians, scientists, nurses, educators, other healthcare professionals, government officials, policy makers, media and diabetes associations that IDF represents. The Congress will harness the latest technologies to ensure a safe and dynamic experience for all delegates and help foster the collaborations, connections and political actions required to place diabetes at the top of the global health agenda and improve the lives of people living with diabetes and those at risk.
I look forward to welcoming you in Bangkok to shape the future of diabetes through our strong and united global voice.
Prof. Andrew Boulton, President, International Diabetes Federation
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