The IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) Programme was established to empower young people living with diabetes to champion their cause and represent others globally living with the condition.

The YLD programme has four objectives:

  1. Be the key driver in enhancing the lives of young people living with diabetes
  2. Be a powerful voice to raise awareness for all types of diabetes, diabetes prevention and education, access to quality care and improved quality of life
  3. End diabetes discrimination and stigma
  4. Support and strengthen IDF Regions and Members to build a global diabetes movement
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YLD network

The YLD programme is currently composed of 144 members for the 2022-2024 term: 92 YLD Trainees and 52 YLD Mentors.

Meet the YLD
YLD Projects

YLD projects

YLD Trainees are involved in diabetes-related projects that focus on different areas such as education, advocacy, awareness and diabetes camps.

Discover YLD projects
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YLD Training Summit

The YLD Training Summit welcomes YLDs worldwide during the IDF World Diabetes Congress, offering them a platform to network, share best practices and enrich their advocacy initiatives.

About the summit

Become a Young Leader in Diabetes

We are always looking for Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLDs) prepared to create enduring change in our world and uplift those around them. Is this you?


Become a YLD advocate