The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) aims to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers.
It has a global network of national diabetes associations and is involved in worldwide initiatives as well as those at local level. This means the IDF has to provide evidence of diabetes rates on a global and local scale. One way the IDF does this is to produce an annual Diabetes Atlas – a book of maps covering every country in the world. This presents a picture of diabetes based on evidence from hundreds of studies which have been reviewed by the IDF.
The data presented in the IDF Diabetes Atlas is used widely by news media, governments, and international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Economic Forum. It is also used by health professionals, scientists, economists, policy-makers, and national and international agencies.