IWGDF Guidance

International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) Guidance

Over the last few months, we have received a number of queries about the relationship between D-Foot International, the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) Guidance and the International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot (ISDF).

The family of the diabetic foot is relatively small. Some persons in these groups may serve in several capacities. We understand that it may not always be clear to all “who is who”, and which activities are related to which organisation.

We have prepared a joint statement to clarify both the historical background and our current activities.

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International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP-IFP)

Advancing podiatry worldwide through education, advocacy and strategic alliances for the benefit of those with foot and ankle ailments.

In diabetic foot care and prevention, podiatry skills are crucial to help achieve a positive outcome. The podiatrist plays a central role not only in early ulcer referral but also in their specialist management. Additionally, they are uniquely placed to provide optimal primary and secondary care to people with diabetes whose feet are at risk.

D-Foot and FIP-IFP entered into a formal collaboration to enhance the profile of podiatry worldwide.

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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

On the ground in over 90 countries - neutral, impartial and independent

Initiated by representatives of ICRC attending the D-Foot Train-the-Foot-Trainer course in Marrakesh in December 2018, opportunities for collaboration were identified: training of the ICRC physical rehabilitation programme staff and local referral healthcare professionals, facilitate the connection and communication between the D-Foot National Representatives and ICRC staff on the ground and create alliances with existing referral diabetic centres.

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International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)

Promoting access to appropriate and equitable rehabilitation, mobility devices and other assistive technology to improve the quality of life for people with reduced mobility

Access to appropriate mobility devices services is an integral part of the process to ensure the full participation and inclusion in society of people with disabilities.
D-Foot and ISPO have set up a collaboration agreement to promote and ensure that an increasing number of people worldwide has access to available, accessible with equity, affordable and appropriate rehabilitation and mobility device services.

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Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes

The Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes aims to address the global diabetes epidemic by raising awareness with the members of Rotary International and other individuals and organisations. RAG-Diabetes focuses on 5 key areas: awareness, prevention, treatment, management and complications, including non-trauma lower-limb amputations.

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Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale (UNFM)

An international network of continuous distance learning

The mission of the Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale is to use the Internet and communication technologies to create and disseminate quality education in an environment of scarcity.

The training courses target professionals in practice and are mainly carried out by experts from the beneficiary countries to be adapted to the field. They complete the list of training activities in the French-speaking world.