The Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, in Bangla Bangladesh Diabetic Somiti (BADAS), was established on 28 February 1956 in Dhaka at the initiative of the late National Professor Dr Mohammad Ibrahim (1911-1989) and a group of social workers, philanthropists, physicians and civil servants. The Association started an out-patient clinic in 1957 in a small semipermanent structure of about 380 sq ft at Segun Bagicha, Dhaka. Over the years, the clinic has turned into a diabetes care and research complex at Shahbag, Dhaka, which, after the demise of Prof (Dr) Md Ibrahim in 1989, has been renamed as the Ibrahim Memorial Diabetes Centre. In addition, BADAS has about 102 health care facilities all over the country. BADAS is a nonprofit voluntary socio-medical service organization registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare under the Society's Registration Act, 1860. It is run by a 32 member National Council of which 18 members from the life member category and 6 members from the Affiliated Association category are directly elected by the representative life members and Affiliated Association members respectively in the Annual General Meeting (AGM). One-third of the members (ie 6) from the life member category and 2 from the Affiliated Associations retire every year by rotation and election to those one-third posts is held in every Annual General Meeting of the Association. The elected members elect the Office-Bearers of the National Council from the elected members (life member category).
Provide total healthcare including rehabilitation for all diabetics irrespective of gender, economic and social status through different institutions of Diabetic Associations of Bangladesh. Expand these services to provide affordable BADAS healthcare for all Bangladeshi through self-sustaining centres of excellences. Create specialized quality manpower (Research Scientists, Physicians, Technicians, Nurses and other related personnel) of high ethical standard. Develop leadership in healthcare through dedicated and transparent management system Develop industries for manufacturing quality medicines and healthcare products.