The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is the global voice of the diabetes community. We are a non-profit umbrella organisation of more than 240 national diabetes associations in 161 countries and territories, working together to improve and empower the lives of the estimated 540 million people living with diabetes and prevent diabetes in those at risk.


Access to affordable, quality diabetes care and education worldwide.


Improve the lives of people living with diabetes and prevent diabetes in those at risk.

The IDF Strategic Plan 2023-26 outlines the goals and priorities that will inform and guide the activities of IDF over the next three years. Scroll down to download the document.

Lady teaching students about diabetes
Gentleman studying dibetes on laptop

Our activities

IDF activities aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement.

Our work covers seven regions where we support national diabetes associations and promote collaboration between them.

We collect and share high-quality information about diabetes, advocate for the best possible standards of care and prevention, and provide education for people living with diabetes and their healthcare providers.

Our humanitarian activities prioritise the needs of people with diabetes affected by a natural or human-made disaster, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

All IDF activities are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 3 (Good health and well-being),  SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 4 (Quality education), SDG 5 (Gender equality), SDG 10 (Reduce inequalities) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

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Our history

  • The International Diabetes Federation is  officially founded on September 23, 1950 in Amsterdam.
  • Dr Robert Daniel Lawrence (UK) is the first IDF President.
  • The first IDF Executive Board includes Prof Charles Best and Prof Elliot Joslin as Honorary Presidents.
  • The first IDF congress is held in 1952 in Leiden, the Netherlands.
  • IDF establishes official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1957.
  • The seven IDF regions are formally established in 1982.
  • The hummingbird is first integrated into the IDF logo in 1984.
  • World Diabetes Day is introduced by IDF and WHO in 1991.
  • The first IDF Diabetes Atlas is published in 2000.
  • IDF introduces the blue circle as the global symbol of diabetes in 2006.
  • The Kids and Diabetes School (KiDS) programme is launched in 2013.
  • The IDF School of Diabetes is launched in 2016.

Our logo

The hummingbird featured in our logo was first adopted as a symbol for diabetes by the Dutch Diabetes Association. Known as “The Bird of Hope,” it represents a combination of qualities – intercontinental liaison, metabolic adaptation, energy and courage – that make it an apt symbol of hope and optimism for the diabetes community.

In 1984, the hummingbird became the official symbol of IDF. The logo has since represented and united millions of people throughout the world with a message of hope in the fight against diabetes.

In 2006, IDF introduced the blue circle as the universal symbol for diabetes for a campaign that resulted in the passage of United Nations Resolution 61/225 “World Diabetes Day. The circle occurs frequently in nature and its significance is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle can symbolize life and health and, most significantly, unity.

In 2023, IDF incorporated the blue circle into its official logo.

The use of the IDF logo adheres to strict terms and conditions. For more information, please contact [email protected].

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Related resources


IDF Annual Report 2023

An overview of IDF activities and projects in 2023, including stronger strategic partnerships, a new IDF Diabetes Atlas report and the launch of the IDF Advocacy Academy.
IDF Annual Report 2023 pdf 4MB

IDF Strategic Plan 2023-26

This strategic plan outlines the priorities and goals that will inform and guide the activities of the International Diabetes Federation over the next three years.
IDF Strategic Plan 2023-26 pdf 354KB