World Diabetes Day is the largest diabetes awareness campaign it the world. This campaign is reaching a global audience of more than 1 billion people in around 160 countries.
This campaign draws attention to problems of paramount importance to the people with diabetes, and it also keeps this condition firmly in the political and public spotlight.
The campaign was made in 1991 by the World Health Organization and IDF (International Diabetes Federation) in response to increasing concerns about the health threat which is posed by diabetes.
With the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225, this campaign became official UN Day in 2006.
This campaign aims to be a global driver in order to promote the importance of taking concerted and coordinated actions in order to confront this condition as a critical global health problem.
Also, another aim of this campaign is to be the platform which will promote the advocacy efforts of IDF (International Diabetes Federation) throughout the entire year.
The logo of the World Diabetes Day is a blue circle. This logo was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the United Nation Resolution.
The blue circle is actually a global symbol when it comes to diabetes awareness. This logo signifies the unity of the diabetes community on a global level. This day is celebrated on November 14th.
This date is significant since it is the birthday of the person who actually co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting. In case you didn’t know Frederick Banting together with Charles Best discovered insulin back in 1922.
This year the theme is “Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future.” According to estimations 1 in 10 women have diabetes, but not all women have access to care, education, and treatment.
The aim of the campaign this year is to improve the accessibility and affordability of diabetes care around to world to help women that have diabetes to improve the outcome and better manage their condition.
You should know that people around the world have different ways of celebrating World Diabetes Day.
That includes a range of events and activities such as conferences, exhibitions, lectures and meetings to spread public information, poster and leaflet campaigning, sporting events for children and adults, radio and television programmes, etc.
Each November 14th monuments and buildings around the world lit up in blue color. This striking and powerful image helps in order to spread the message about this campaign.
The famous buildings which has been lit up on this day include Brisbane City Hall, Sears Tower, and London Eye.
Watch the video below to find out more about the this year’s campaign.