Centenary of Insulin Award

More than 100 years have passed since January 23rd, 1922, the date when insulin was first used successfully to treat a person living with diabetes.

About the Award

Over the past century, research and innovation have significantly improved care for many people living with diabetes. Over the same period, a global network of local, national, and transnational diabetes associations evolved to advocate for improved diabetes care, tackle stigma and prejudice, advance service delivery, and provide education and support to people living with diabetes.  

In 2022, IDF created a Centenary of Insulin Award to recognise an organisation for outstanding efforts to improve the lives of people living with diabetes. Applicants were either an IDF member association or nominated by an IDF member association.  A panel of independent experts selected the winning nominee, who received a 25,000 euro grant at the IDF World Diabetes Congress 2022 in Lisbon.  

The IDF Centenary of Insulin Award was made possible thanks to the generous support of Lilly Diabetes.

Award Ceremony

On 7 December 2022, the IDF Centenary of Insulin Award was presented to The Haitian Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Foundation (FHADIMAC) during an award ceremony held at the IDF World Diabetes Congress 2022 in Lisbon. The award recognises FHADIMAC’s outreach programme to support people living with diabetes affected by the earthquake that struck the south of the island in 2021.

Shortlisted Entries

Fifty-two entries from the seven IDF regions were received, with twenty entries shortlisted. The shortlisted candidates were invited to present their initiatives at the IDF World Diabetes Congress 2022.

The wide-ranging initiatives covered the often-challenging actions undertaken worldwide to improve the lives of people living with diabetes. Twenty outstanding candidates were shortlisted:

Association for the Care of Diabetes in Argentina CUI.D.ARTransforming schools and policies through diabetes education
Association of Endocrinologists and Diabetologists of SfaxArtistic expressions of young diabetics throughout the centenary of insulin: creation and therapy
Chinese Diabetes Society (CDS)Improve capacities and capabilities of diabetes care in primary healthcare in China
Diabetes Association of NigeriaAdvocacy on the Amendment of Section 21 of the Customs, Excise Tariff (consolidation) Act
Diabetes Association of Sri LankaUnsung heroes of #SaveALifeCovid-19
Diabetes Association of ThailandNationwide diabetes self-management program and network system (dsmp-ns) to leverage standard of care for type 1 diabetes in Thailand
Diabetes Australia#CGMForAllAustralians with type 1 diabetes
Diabetic Association of BangladeshPrevention of diabetes through religious leaders
DiaLeb – National Diabetes OrganizationInsulin is life
Direct ReliefIncreasing access to diabetes care in war-torn Ukraine
French Federation of DiabeticsSlow diabetes – my daily programme
Gabric Diabetes Education AssociationInnovative advocacy strategy for the reform of legislation on diabetes care insurance coverage, covering monitoring and education in Iran
Jordanian Society for the Care of DiabetesImproving diabetes awareness and translating it into policy making
Mexican Federation of Diabetes, A.C.Diabetes educator training diploma
Mexican Nutrition and Endocrinology SocietyNational type 1 diabetes registry in Mexico
Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI)Defeat diabetes campaign:  A nationwide campaign to reach 100 million people in 100 days to create awareness of diabetes
Rwanda Diabetes Association(RDA)Sustainable care for youth living with type 1 diabetes in Rwanda
The Haitian Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Foundation (FHADIMAC) FHADIMAC outreach programme
Ukrainian Diabetes FederationEmergency response to war crisis for affected people with diabetes in Ukraine
Youth Diabetes ActionHong Kong childhood diabetes registry

Representatives of the shortlisted entries were invited to share their initiatives with peers at the IDF World Diabetes Congress 2022.

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