Why Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when there are raised levels of glucose in the blood, because the body cannot produce any or enough of the hormone insulin or use insulin effectively.

A global epidemic

Diabetes – and its complications – is one of the greatest public health emergencies of the 21st century, and it is hitting developing countries the hardest. Nearly 80% of people with diabetes now live in low- and middle-income countries where financial and human resources are scarce. Marginalised, vulnerable and underserved populations in developing countries continue to be impacted disproportionately by diabetes and its complications. 

WDF's role

It is the WDF’s mission to empower governments, civil society and other non-state actors who strive to deliver on global commitments through national and local action. To achieve this, we create partnerships and act as a catalyst to help others do more. We encourage and fund innovative projects and strategies to prevent and treat diabetes and its complications.