It is estimated that in 2013 approximately 382 million people have diabetes – 8.3% of the world’s population. Around 80% of these people live in developing countries. By 2030, the global estimate is expected to rise to over 552 million – 9.9 % of the adult population. Every 20 seconds a lower limb is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world.
The International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) was founded in 1996. It is an non-profit and independent foundation. The aim of the IWGDF is to create awareness of the disease and to improve the management and prevention of the diabetic foot.
This website provides information on the global activities and programmes of the IWGDF.
Since 1999 the IWGDF produces quadrennial Practical, Specific and Consensus guidelines on the management and prevention of the diabetic foot. The complete 2011 IWGDF guidelines are available on the site, including references, a picture gallery and some education videos.
Besides news items on the diabetic foot, foot notes, an agenda on future foot meetings and an overview of the IWGDF representatives throughout the world can be found on the website.