3rd Symposium on Diabetes in Humanitarian Crises

October 20-21, 2022, in Kraków, Poland

On October 20-21, 2022, we will be co-hosting our 3rd Annual Symposium on Diabetes in Humanitarian Crises with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Centre for Global Chronic Conditions and NCD Knowledge Hub in Kraków, Poland, sponsored by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The aim of our annual symposium is to provide a platform for shared learning, exchange, and development of new collaborative initiatives between key agencies involved in diabetes care of people experiencing humanitarian crisis. This year the intention is to have a substantial focus on the Ukraine crisis, particularly the lessons learned about provision and continuity of care for diabetes.


1. Chart ongoing trends and emerging challenges in service provision for diabetes for people in fragile and conflict affected settings, identifying gaps in the humanitarian response, and defining solutions

2. Continue to build exchange between global health organizations involved in diabetes care in humanitarian crisis, with identification and agreement around new areas of collaborative work

3. Review the experience of diabetes service provision in the crisis in Ukraine, relative to other crises with unmet diabetes care needs, to identify lessons that may apply to other humanitarian crises

4. Give visibility to, and critically appraise, progress made by the four interagency working groups established under the IADA secretariat, since the December 2020 symposium

5. Review and reformulate the IADA workplan for the upcoming 3 years


The Symposium will include a poster/abstract session to highlight and learn from your experiences and work in the field. If you have research you would like to share on the topic of diabetes and related complications in humanitarian settings, please submit an abstract or poster to Anna Nakayama (anna.nakayama@iadadiabetes.org) by Friday, September 16th, 2022, end of day.

Please limit the total length of the abstract (Objectives + Methods + Results, etc.) to 1,800 characters not including spaces. All abstracts submitted will be peer-reviewed through a blind review process by our scientific review committee. Abstract acceptance status will be sent via email to the presenting author. Some abstracts will be selected for oral presentation.

AGENDA (further details forthcoming)

Day 1 (October 20, 2022)

Panel 1A: Crisis in Ukraine: Setting the Scene

Panel 1B: Crisis in Ukraine: Lessons learned, implications and reflections

Panel 2: Expanding access to newer medicines and diagnostics in humanitarian settings

Panel 3: Sustainable health financing for crisis-affected populations

Day 2 (October 21, 2022)

Oral Research Presentations

Panel 4: Emerging challenges and a roadmap ahead: a unified and coordinated way forward

Breakout Sessions:

1. Advocacy, policy, and financing

2. Access to medicines and diagnostics

3. Clinical and operational guidance

4. Data and surveillance

Presentation and Discussion of Actionables


Dates: October 20-21, 2022

Location: Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre - Kraków, Poland (with virtual option).

Registration: https://bit.ly/IADA2022

Contact: Anna Nakayama; anna.nakayama@iadadiabetes.org

We are very grateful to our sponsor, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, for making this event possible!

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