Prof. Nam H. Cho
President, International Diabetes Federation
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the International Diabetes Federation Congress 2019 in Busan, Korea.
IDF 2019 marks a welcome return to the Western Pacific region following the successful IDF Congress 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. This region has the largest population of all IDF regions and is home to close to 40% of all people living with diabetes. China alone accounts for the highest number of people with diabetes in the world (114 million). A cause of particular concern in the region is the large undiagnosed population, with over one in two people with diabetes in the Western Pacific being undiagnosed.
With these facts in mind, and the number of people with diabetes and at high risk in the region expected to reach over 183 million within the next twenty years, Korea is the ideal location to bring together the extensive global network of physicians, scientists, nurses, educators, other healthcare professionals, government officials, policy makers, media and diabetes associations that IDF represents.
IDF 2019 in Busan will provide a unique forum for knowledge exchange and sharing of best practice in diabetes prevention, education and treatment. The outcomes of the congress will help foster the collaborations, connections and political actions required to place diabetes at the top of the global health agenda and improve the lives of people living with diabetes, help protect those at risk and reduce the impact of diabetes on our societies.
I look forward to welcoming you in Busan to shape the future of diabetes through our strong and united global voice.