APSA delegates, Veronique La Hausse and M. Chagny from APSA Paris, were able to attend the 19th World Diabetes Congress of IDF (International Diabetes Federation) that took place in Cape Town, South Africa from 3rd – 7th of December 2006.
This event attracted the highest level of international expertise in diabetes, provided a platform for discussion of the latest scientific advances in the field, and offered practical information on diabetes care, advocacy and awareness.
This was the largest gathering ever held, in which the CTICC (Cape Town International Conference Center) welcomed 12,000 delegates from 150 different countries. At the closing ceremony, Professor Martin Silink, President of the International Diabetes Federation, announced that the UN was about to pass a new Resolution recognising diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with major complications that pose severe risks for families, countries and the entire world.
The event proved to be an exceptional opportunity for APSA delegates to meet with friends and to network with the various partners collaborating with APSA on projects in Mauritius and in Burundi. Witnessing the achievements of those who have developed diabetes prevention programs throughout the world was an inspiration, as APSA join forces together with them in the fight for the prevention of diabetes.