II IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme

Last November I had the honor to be part of the II Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme that took place in Melbourne, Australia, with more than 130 people from all over the world. Each one making projects that are changing the would you live.

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It´s a multicultural environment that puts together people with the same diagnosis, that pass through similar challenges, but at the end of the day our differences are the part that makes my eyes shine bright.

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I think that every journey we decide to do on the outside announces a big journey on the inside. And I it’s a nice feeling of being surprised by myself and my own development. In those years as an IDF-YLD representative, I’ve learned much more than I can comprehend right now.

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One of the most beautiful thing I can see with my eyes are people connected with their inner energy, with courage to take risks. brave enough to question the “status quo”, and lead by what they can create with the world they receive (not just following every rule and doing what is expected) and all of it with integrity, defending the values each one truly believe.

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Young people together represents what are that generation’s thirst for change. What they CANNOT deal/live with anymore.  Common dream? Live in a better world with diabetes.

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I have a dream to live in a world in which high-income countries don’t explore low-income countries and them give them assistance help (with their money and NGOs) that only let them more dependant and help richest countries to empower their 3rd sector economy (otherwise they would not have jobs for their people).

I have a dream to live in a world that young people don’t leave university so blind to create and do what they believe (not just what they are told to) with integrity of their own self. Thinking that science is answer to everything.

I have a dream that no one have to die or suffer because of lack of access to their rights.

I have a dream that a collective consciousness lead us to a better future than our present. Consuming things (=supporting) that ensure a fair trade with a minimal pollution during all its production and selling.

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Diabetes Education Network for Health Professionals

D-NET! The first international forum to enhance diabetes education and management around the globe. “It is a place for health professionals to connect, find support, share best practices, and discover learning opportunities. D-NET is also designed to enable members to access emerging evidence and diabetes resources”.
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Here are some tips from International Diabetes Federation site about what you can find on D-NET:
  •  Groups: English and Spanish groups are available. Choose your group and join the discussions!
  • Ask an expert: Discussion topics events provided by international experts.
  • Events calendars: Stay up-to-date with upcoming diabetes-related events.
  • Resource Library: See what’s new and what network members think about diabetes education.
  • Videos: See what colleagues are doing around the world.e.g. IDF Centres of Education (Bolivia, Colombia, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal)
  • Members: See who joined D-NET.
  • Did you know?: Current diabetes facts and figures
  • IDF Publications: Quick access to IDF publications
And if you’re attending the World Diabetes Congress in Melboune, be aware of D-NET’s face to face meeting!!!!!!
Access D-NET by cliking on the following link: http://d-net.idf.org/
For more information contact d-net@idf.org

Diabetes Voice – Volume 58

Last week I received the International Diabetes Federation magazine, the Diabetes Voice of June! DSC00373

Among so many excellent topics in this volume, such as breaking barriers to live your dreams with diabetes, reforming the global food system and guidelines for type 2 diabetes, I´ve found two amazing friends reporting their life with diabetes.

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I met Mohammed Hamoud last year in Tanzania (He is the one in red, in both pictures) during the Young Leaders in Diabetes Training in Africa.

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And Maria Hilinger (with a gray t-shirt right in the middle of the picture), I met in the Young Leaders in Diabetes programme, at Dubai, in 2011. Coincidentally I´ve just talked about her on DIABETES WITHOUT BORDERS post.

Would you like to read this Diabetes Voice issue (in English, Spanish or French)? Oh, that´s easy! You can subscribe to receive the printed version HERE or, even easier, read it online RIGHT HERE!

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Ser Jovem Com Diabetes

Dear reader,

You may remember my visit to APDP – Associção Protetora dos Diabéticos de Portugal – on August 2012 when I met nurse Lourdes, you can find this post HERE. Since then, Louders invited me to the Ser Jovem com Diabetes (Being young with diabetes) project from APDP.

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From Brazil, Julyana Messeder, IDF Young Leader Diego Trindade and, from Urugay, Maria Monteiro, also participated on this project, besides awesome Portuguese youngsters with diabetes.

This book is fulfilled with great testimonials on what it means (to each one) to be a young person with diabetes (Ser Jovem com Diabetes). It is distributed to APDP attendants to inspire and show different perspectives of those living with diabetes.

Hopefully it will soon be available on a web version so we can have more access here in Brazil. An awesome material and I´m glad to be part of this project. Thank you friends from Portugal!

Blue November – part 7: Social Media

This is the last post about the 2012 World Diabetes Day activities. The most important actions that the Blue Power did are written in those 7 posts about the WDD.

With this I leave here ideas that can be spread with a little bit of the experience I had making them, so feel free to contact me and ask anything about them.

This last action was purely virtual/digital made on the young leadership facebook page (created two years ago and has today 2.428 followers). I particularly appreciate social media because it improves communication between very distant places in Brazil. This is, for me, the best way we can connect people to share, learn and develop.

We combined different messages to call for attention on the internet:

1. Brazilian Flag – Let’s protect our blue!  311424_495979070435740_177081384_n

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This image was made to be highly spread on social media on November 14th. It connects the blue circle on our national flag with the blue circle of diabetes. In which the message was to protect the color blue of our flag. Along with the picture was shared the following   text:

“ Brazil has 12 million people living with diabetes, 50% are undiagnosed! Today is World Diabetes Day, a day of spreading this message as much as we can so that these 6 million undiagnosed people are aware of their condition and those diagnosed search for their treatments goals in order to avoid complications and premature death. Share this image, stay tuned to the main symptoms of diabetes and make exams regularly! “

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It reached 30. 613 people on Facebook, shared 558 times.

2. Countdown for WDD

A countdown was made during October and November reaching  13. 346 views in 18 publications. The message was “____ days for WDD” and the pictures had the “ (Act) United for diabetes”. Examples:

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3. Give Away

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A pin and a bracelet were given away on facebook. This activity reached 3.453 views and explained that the blue circle is the symbol of diabetes because, as the International Diabetes Federation says, “across cultures, the circle can symbolize life and health. Most significantly for the campaign, the circle symbolizes unity.” Also ” the blue border of the circle reflects the color of the sky and the flag of the United Nations.”


4. Post about the Blue Monuments

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Post about the Monuments in São Paulo city lighted in blue explaining why the monuments were blue. It had 3.138 views and the following text: “Worldwide locations are being illuminated by Blue World Diabetes Day. Pictured below are some monuments of the city of São Paulo. Share this post and help spread the blue lighting for diabetes!

 5. Publicizing

And at last, but not least, we empowered the dissemination of side events and interesting articles about WDD that Blue Power contributed, such as:

– Blue Power activities

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– TV Show with Heloisa Fagundes, an influential youngster with type 1 diabetes, that you can check HERE.

– Magazines: The interview with the american football player and type 1 diabetic, Daniel Santamaria.

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