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The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organisations of over 230 national diabetes associations in more than 170 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes or those at risk, and has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. The IDF’s mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. Its activities aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage improvements in health.
The IDF Diabetes Atlas is updated every two years, and provides diabetes data such as prevalence, mortality, and health expenditure for 220 countries and territories around the world. These data are used widely by news media, governments and other international organisations. It is also used by health professionals, scientists, economists, policy-makers, and national and international agencies.
Evolving and improving
The InstantAtlas was first integrated into the IDF Diabetes Atlas website for the 2013 edition. We spoke with Dr Lydia Makaroff, Epidemiology and Public Health Manager, about her work preparing for the launch of the 2015 IDF Diabetes Atlas website.
“We received very positive feedback from our users about our interactive maps, with many people describing the InstantAtlas as a quick and easy way to access and visualise our complex data. I wanted to ensure that we built upon that success for the 2015 edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas. Early in the year, we sent Dr Katherine Ogurtsova, IDF Data Analyst & Coordinator, to a three-day InstantAtlas workshop in Edinburgh for in-depth training on data representation and handling. This enabled her to work with the InstantAtlas support team to create highly customised and updated maps that were launched during the IDF World Diabetes Congress.”
These new InstantAtlas maps now include uncertainty intervals and country reports, as well as a more intuitive user interface. The new IDF Diabetes Atlas website with interactive maps has been well received by users who are interested in seeing worldwide trends but also drilling down to country level to make inter-country comparisons. The InstantAtlas version is the most popular method of accessing the data and this has prompted the IDF to continue its investment in the online platform.
“We are always trying to find new ways of making it easier for researchers and policymakers to find the data they need on the impact of diabetes” says Lydia. She explains this could include creating country-level reports for all 220 countries and territories that are available as a pdf for download or printing. The team is also looking to increase the level of detail that is available for each country.
Key benefits of using InstantAtlas
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Article by Karen A. Kirtland, PhD; Nilka R. Burrows, MPH; Linda S. Geiss, MA