Global health challenges
Our industry is actively engaged finding new medicines to treat diabetes and providing patients with the best quality of life possible, and in numerous partnerships on disease awareness and prevention, treatment and diagnosis.
There are currently over 200 medicines to manage diabetes currently being developed by our member companies. Our industry is also engaged in over 40 partnerships for the prevention, timely testing and diagnosis, access to medicines, and management of patients on a course of treatment for diabetes.
Together with cardiovascular diseases, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes is one of the world’s four major non-communicable diseases (NCDs), presenting a major threat to global health. There are 387 million people living with diabetes today, and an expected increase of 205 million additional cases by 2035 if appropriate action is not taken. Nearly 1 in 2 people that have diabetes are undiagnosed, and in many cases, unaware they have the disease. Due to low public awareness levels, a lack of trained healthcare practitioners and insufficient access to treatments, many cases of diabetes go undiagnosed and poorly managed, resulting in long term damages such as blindness, amputation, cardiovascular diseases and kidney failure.
Helping people lead healthy lifestyles is a mean to reversing the trend of the diabetes epidemic. IFPMA works with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the promotion of (healthy eating, moderate consumption of alcohol, physical activity and not smoking) all across the world. It also supports the use of new technologies in promoting healthy behaviours, such as SMS notifications as part of the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) partnership, and the mobile app , an easy-to-use, practical guide to help individuals and their health professionals reduce the risks of NCDs.
Our member companies are engaged in over 40 partnerships on disease awareness and prevention, treatment and diagnosis. These programs include activities to raise awareness of diabetes in schools so that children with diabetes are better taken care of by their teachers; training of healthcare workers in caring for diabetes on a wide-scale, or for specific groups such as women with gestational diabetes; differential pricing in low and middle income countries to widen the availability of treatments; helping governments better understand diabetes disease management, and preventing diabetes amputations through early intervention strategies.
Our members are engaged in “wellness programs at work” contributing to employees’ well-being by transforming the workplace into platforms for healthy living with on-site gyms, health education and medical check-ups, and healthy cafeterias.
387 million people
are living with diabetes today
nearly 1 in 2 people
that have diabetes are undiagnosed
80% of diabetes deaths
occur in LMICs