Realizing the importance of decentralization, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS) initiated its Affiliated Association activities in mid-seventies with a unique model of community participation, local level leadership and autonomy, and friendly supervision and monitoring through a flexible system of affiliation.
Decentralized health care system was absolutely required for this purpose but public hospitals and health care centres didn't have adequate services for diabetic patients particularly in peripheral areas. The growth in number of Affiliated Associations was found to be slow in the beginning (5 upto 1980 and 11 upto '85), but it became a highly popular movement in the last three decades (46 upto '99) and by 2007 the number increased to 60 including Sub-affiliated Associations .
In 2012, three new Sub-affiliated Associations have been formed and come forward actively in prevention and awareness of Diabetes Care Delivary. Now BADAS has 61 Affiliated Associations and 10 Sub-affiliated Associations.
BADAS has 61 Affiliated Associations located at Bandarban, Bagerhat, Barisal , Barguna, Bhola, Bogra, B'Baria, Chandpur, Chapai Nawabganj, Chittagong, Chuadanga, Comilla, Cox's Bazar, Dinajpur, Faridpur, Feni, Habiganj, Gopalganj, Gaibandha, Gazipur, Jaipurhat, Jamalpur, Jessore, Jhalokathi, Jhenidah, Khulna, Kishoreganj, Kustia, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Laxmipur, Madaripur, Manikganj, Maulavi Bazar, Munshiganj, Mymensingh, Magura, Naogaon, Narayanganj, Narshingdi, Natore, Narail, Netrokona, Noakhali, Nilphamari, Pabna, Panchagarh, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Rajbari, Rajshahi, Rangamati, Rangpur, Saidpur, Satkhira, Sherpur, Sirajganj, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Tangail and Thakurgoan.
Ten Sub-affiliations located at Bheramara, Birampur, Companyganj, Raipur, Shatkania, Palashbari, Shingra, Nalitabari, Shahzadpur and Ramganj
Waiting for Sub-affiliation
Pirganj of Dinajpur, Chouddogram of Comilla, Patia of Coxs Bazar and Haziganj of Chandpur.