Since its establishment in 1955 as a non-profit public service organization, the Turkish Diabetes Association (TDA) has been the leading entity in Turkey in informing the public on diabetes, its prevention and treatment. TDA is reaching out to the public from its headquaters in Istanbul and 5 additional branches across Turkey. Currently, it has 4,000 members.
In collaboration with the Turkish Diabetes and Obesity Foundation (TDOF), it maintains a small private diabetes hospital in Istanbul, founded by public donations. Further, also jointly with TDOF a major and more comprehensive Diabetes Hospital is under construction (2013) in Istanbul, which may also be able to provide care for people with limited resources.
TDA is a participant of the “Arrest Diabetes Project” of the Turkish Ministry of Health, a nationwide initiative to combat obesity and diabetes.
In 1959, TDA joined the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) as its 21st member, thus gaining the opportunity to exchange information with other diabetes associations and experts. Currently, TDA is an important member association representing Turkish diabetes environment, both in the healthcare system of the country and the scientific arena.
To influence public health policies to ensure that appropriate disease prevention and treatment guidelines are developed and implemented, particularly those relevant to helping people living with or under the threat of diabetes;
To strengthen public awareness on healthy lifestyle and self care;
To promote diabetes care, prevention and cure; and
To provide education and training for people with diabetes, their families, and their healthcare providers
Hold weekly meetings in different communities across the country, to raise awareness of diabetes, and spread information on prevention and care of the disease.
Organize seminars, screenings, campaigns and other activities relevant to the selected theme on the annual “World Diabetes Day”.
Annually organize the Association’s “National Diabetes Congress” for scientists and health care professionals, to deliver, exchange and debate up-to-date information on diabetes and related topics, and to set guidelines for evidence-based diabetes care (50th Congress to be held 23-27 April 2014 in Beldibi/Antalya-Turkey).
Organize “Diabetes Summer Camps” to educate and train diabetic patients at all ages (mostly children and the youth) and their families on self-care in an entertaining and comfortable atmosphere (48th Summer Camp was held 15-23 June 2013 in Kusadasi/Aydin-Turkey).
Implement country-wide diabetes screenings on a regular basis,
Training programs for diabetes specialists and nurses, general practitioners, pediatricians, dietitians, and related personnel in accordance with the “Programme for National Diabetes Training and Education”.
Publications & Newsletters
Publish quarterly the periodical “Diabet” for the general public, providing updated information on diabetes.
Annually publish a “Diabetes Year Book” to summarize the proceedings of its National Diabetes Congress.
Message from the President
Prof. Hasan Ilkova "The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is the global advocate for more than 300 million people with diabetes worldwide as well as their families and healthcare providers. It represents more than 200 diabetes associations in 160 countries. Since 1959 being the 21st member of IDF, we as Turkish Diabetes Association have been carrying out our mission throughout Turkey with the excellent guidance and the support of IDF.
IDF provides various benefits for its members such as exchanging knowledge, accessing to educational, advocacy and communication materials , assistance in developing and implementing the United Nations Resolution on diabetes. Moreover through the World Diabetes Congress, we get the opportunitiy of enjoying professional networking opportunities and sharing updated scientific,clinical,educational and advocacy advances in diabetes care and prevention."