InstantAtlas has been used by the International Diabetes Federation to create the fifth edition of the Diabetes Atlas. The interactive online map presents a world view allowing users to make international comparisons by rolling over selected countries. Users can also select between a number of different data sets from mean Diabetes-related expenditure per person to the number of deaths attributable to the disease.
The atlas is based on new figures which indicate that the number of people living with diabetes is expected to rise from 366 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030, unless urgent action is taken.
The IDF says this equates to approximately three new cases every ten seconds. In some of the poorest regions in the world such as Africa, where infectious diseases have traditionally been the focus of health care systems, diabetes cases are expected to increase by 90 per cent by 2030. At least 78 per cent of people in Africa are undiagnosed and do not know they are living with diabetes.
The release of these figures and the interactive online map follow the September meeting of 193 Heads of State and government at the UN High Level Meeting in New York to agree on a Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including diabetes.
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Diabetes UK deploys InstantAtlas to help it inform, promote and campaign
Using InstantAtlas, Diabetes UK presents information online such as local service provision and regional and national service performance made available from survey information. The ease with which users can analyse the statistics and the power of eye-catching graphics is helping the charity provide better support for people with diabetes and to campaign for improved local care and support services to meet with national service framework targets.
Diabetes UK is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition. There are an estimated 2.35 million people with diabetes in England. This is predicted to grow to more than 2.5 million by 2010 – 9% of which will be due to an increase in obesity.
The charity’s stated mission is “to improve the lives of people with diabetes and to work towards a future without diabetes.” Two central areas of its work supporting this mission are campaigning and information provision.