Diabetes in humanitarian settings - IDF's call to action

Last update: 30/06/2020

Huma diab 2 400pxNo one should be left behind – Act to support people with diabetes in humanitarian settings and help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development!

IDF calls on national governments, international organisations and donor organisations, civil society and the private sector to:

Guarantee uninterrupted access to diabetes medication and care for all displaced people with diabetes and integrate diabetes care as a key component of the humanitarian response.

This involves:

  • Ensuring that the needs of people with diabetes in all types of humanitarian settings are considered in humanitarian preparedness plans and responses
  • Providing, alongside essential diabetes care and medicines, the framework for effective diabetes education, prevention and screening
  • Promoting inter-sectoral, inter-country and inter-agency coordination and collaboration
  • Fostering the adoption of essential T1D and T2D medicines and supplies and general diabetes guidelines in emergency response kits

Increase funding to strengthen health systems in areas with a high burden of displaced populations.

This involves:

  • Ensuring that the financial conditions are met for countries to provide essential diabetes care and medicine at an affordable price point or with full financial protection
  • Providing official adequate development assistance to support national health systems
  • Fostering multi-sector, multi-stakeholder and multi-country partnerships
  • Investing in the training of multi-disciplinary healthcare teams
  • Promoting the development of culturally-adapted prevention and care programmes

Generate data through screening and monitoring programmes to assess the exact burden of diabetes among forcibly displaced people.

This involves:

  • Developing data collection protocols and mechanisms to capture the actual scope of the problem including assessing the cost-effectiveness of diabetes prevention, management and care in humanitarian settings
  • Funding research into best practices regarding effective prevention, management and care of diabetes in humanitarian settings
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