The Finnish Diabetes Association maintains international contacts to keep in touch with diabetes research and recent developments in diabetes care, to learn about new ideas and experiences applicable to its own activities and to be able to help people with diabetes in other countries.
The Association is a member of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and is active in its regional organization for Europe (IDF Europe).
The Nordic diabetes associations hold a Collaboration Event annually, with the individual associations taking turns as host. In addition, the managing directors of the associations come together twice a year for a Nordic Managers' Meeting.
Co-operation with neighbouring regions
The Finnish Diabetes Association initiated co-operation with neighbouring regions in the 1990s in the form of an extensive collaboration project in Estonia. The project involved supporting the start-up of the Estonian Diabetes Association by training association organizers, assisting with the launch of a national diabetes magazine, promoting the twinning of local diabetes associations between Finland and Estonia and providing diabetes training for Estonian health-care staff. Today the collaboration is well established and there is regular interaction with the Estonian association.
Co-operation with neighbouring regions also involves contacts with Russia. Project funding received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allowed the Finnish Diabetes Association to organize a joint diabetes education camp for young Russians and Finns with diabetes.