The International Diabetes Federation has called for better funding and training to help nurses cope with the global diabetes crisis.

The IDF provides free accredited diabetes training to Tech Accreditation Day and International Year of Nurses and Midwives.

Brussels, November 14, 2020 / PRNewswire / – This Tech Diabetes Day, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is calling on people with diabetes to train more nurses to help them understand and manage their condition.

Currently more than 460 million people worldwide are estimated to live with diabetes, The number will increase to 578 million by 2030. Last year alone the situation was responsible for at least 4.2 million deaths and $ 760 billion In health expenditure – 10% of the global total spent on health. The effect of diabetes has come even faster this year. Half of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in some areas Could live with the condition.

Nurses have an important role in helping people with diabetes understand and manage their condition and in dealing with the risk factors for type 2 diabetes in susceptible people. As the prevalence of diabetes increases around the world, more trained nurses are needed to help people avoid life-changing complications – such as heart attack, stroke, loss of vision, kidney. Disease and amputation of the lower limb – and promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors. . The Tech Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a global shortage of 5.9 million nurses and indicated that nursing graduates will need to increase 8% per year to overcome deficit by 2030.

The IDF is urging national governments to respond and recruit enough nurses to help care for the growing numbers of people living with diabetes and to prioritize role nurses by investing in their professional development.

Commenting on the current shortfall, IDF President, Professor Andrew Bolton Said: “Nurses are at the center of healthcare worldwide and are playing an important role in the global fight against diabetes. Unfortunately, there are simply not enough to go around. Investing in nurses now to save on future costs is a difficult message for managing the health care budget. Very often, healthcare decision makers have pushed the problem down the line for a time when they will no longer be held accountable for results. It is a savings-now-pay-later approach that is doomed to fail. Nevertheless, the reality is that today’s governments are already paying for the failures of their predecessors. The tide of diabetes is rising rapidly and requires action. Governments must recruit and equip a sufficiently trained workforce to support the increasing number of people living with diabetes. Nurses are integral to the delivery of effective diabetes treatment, supporting ongoing diabetes management and preventing diabetes complications. Nurses matter. ”

Judith Mendez RN BSN is a nurse Belize, Where about 20% of the population has diabetes. Judith, herself a diabetic, said: “The role of the nurse is extremely important Belize, And similar countries in size and economic development. The resources available for diabetes care are insufficient to meet the pressing need for greater diabetes awareness, prevention, education and support.

“More often, people with type 2 diabetes are not told to take pills and see what they eat. It is using a band aid to fix a crisis and it simply is not going to work. Nurses are often asked to provide more than medical care. People rely on nurses, often above and beyond other health professionals. We provide a sympathetic ear – a safe haven where people with diabetes can get the help they need. An increase in the number of people with diabetes is causing many health care systems to break down. Governments should now invest in nurses to help improve health education in the population and reduce pressure. “

To mark Tech Diabetes Day 2020, the IDF is encouraging nurses and other healthcare professionals to improve their understanding of diabetes care by providing access. IDF School of Diabetes Online course on role of diabetes educator. Certified by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), the IDF School of Diabetes is a digital platform that provides high-standard, evidence-based diabetes education for healthcare professionals. Upon completion, learners will earn an EACCME credit and certificate of completion.

Tech Diabetes Day 2020 is supported by AstraZeneca, Lily Diabetes, Merck, Pfizer-MSD Alliance, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi.

Attention Editors

Assistant Facts and figures of diabetes:

  • 463 million adults (1-in-11) were living with diabetes in 2019
  • The number of people living with diabetes is expected to increase to 578 million by 2030.
  • 1-in-2 adults with diabetes live unconsciously (232 million). The majority have type 2 diabetes
  • More than three quarters of people with diabetes live in low and middle income countries
  • Two-thirds of people with diabetes live in urban areas and three-fourths are of working age
  • One fifth of people suffering from diabetes (136 million) are above 65 years
  • Depending on the global region, up to 50% of those diagnosed with COVID-19 were in people with diabetes
  • There were 4.2 million deaths due to diabetes in 2019.
  • Was responsible for the least diabetes $ 760 billion In Health Expenditure in 2019 – 10% of the global total spent on health

About International Diabetes Federation

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of more than 240 national diabetes associations in more than 160 countries and territories. It represents the interests of a growing number of people with diabetes and at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. www.idf.org

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