Retinopathy focus - Fred Hollows Foundation and International Diabetes Federation unite

Written on the 6 December 2013

Retinopathy focus - Fred Hollows Foundation and International Diabetes Federation unite

The Fred Hollows Foundation and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) have announced a ten year partnership to tackle diabetic retinopathy – one of the most common complications of diabetes.

Announced as part of the opening of the World Diabetes Congress 2013 in Melbourne, the partnership seeks to tackle this fastest growing form of preventable blindness worldwide and advocate for diabetic retinopathy to become a global health priority.

Their joint focus will be on investment in research, technology and the international development of a skilled workforce.

Since 1950, the International Diabetes Federation has led the global effort against diabetes and for the last 21 years, the work of the Fred Hollows Foundation has been vital in assisting many people to see again.

There are currently 382 million people with diabetes around the world, including one million Australians.

By 2034 the number of people suffering from diabetes is estimated to rise to just less than 600 million – or one in ten people. This will be the biggest epidemic in human history. Eighty per cent of people with the disease will be in developing countries.

Dedicated to helping people with blindness caused by diabetes; pictured with Robert Dalzeil from the The Fred Hollows Foundation, Professor Paul Zimmet, Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Sir Michael Hirst, Gabi Hollows and Dr Sue Alberti

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