World Diabetes Day

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2010 marks the second year of the five-year focus on 'Diabetes education and prevention", the theme selected by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization for World Diabetes Day 2009-2013.

Campaign Slogan:
· "Let's take control of diabetes. Now."

Campaign Objectives:
· General public and people at high risk of diabetes: raising awareness of diabetes and disseminating tools for the prevention of diabetes.
· People with diabetes: disseminating tools to improve knowledge of diabetes in order to better understand the condition and prevent complications.
· Governments and policy-makers: focus on advocacy aimed at communicating the cost-effective implications of diabetes prevention strategies and promoting diabetes education as a core component of diabetes management and treatment.

Key Messages:

General public and people at risk:
Are you at risk? Take the blue circle test.

Healthcare professionals:
Know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. Early diagnosis saves lives.

Government and policy makers:
Diabetes prevention and treatment are simple and cost-effective. Put them on top of the agenda.

Close family:
Your child could be affected. Know the warning signs. See your doctor to measure the risk.
People with diabetes:
Enjoy an active life and prevent complications.

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When does World Diabetes Day take place?

World Diabetes Day takes place on 14 November every year. The date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin. While many events take place on or around the day itself, a themed campaign runs throughout the year.

How did it all begin?

World Diabetes Day was introduced by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991, in response to concern over the escalating incidence of diabetes around the world. Since then, the event has grown in popularity every year.

Where does it take place?

World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide. It brings together millions of people in over 160 countries to raise awareness of diabetes, including children and adults affected by diabetes, healthcare professionals, healthcare decision-makers and the media. Numerous local and national events are organized by the member associations of the International Diabetes Federation and by other diabetes representative organizations, healthcareprofessionals, healthcare authorities, and individuals who want to make a difference. World Diabetes Day unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness.

How is it marked?

IDF member associations and partners develop an extensive range of activities, tailored to a variety of groups.

Activities that are organized every year include:
• Walks and cycle rides
• Radio and television programmes
• Sports events
• Free screenings for diabetes and its complications
• Public information meetings
• Poster and leaflet campaigns
• Diabetes workshops and exhibitions
• Press conferences
• Newspaper and magazine articles
• Events for children and adolescents

Is there a theme?

Each year World Diabetes Day highlights a theme related to diabetes. Topics covered in the past have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, and the costs of diabetes.

Recent themes include:

2004: Diabetes and Obesity
2005: Diabetes and Foot Care
2006: Diabetes in the Disadvantaged and the Vulnerable
The theme for World Diabetes Day 2007 and 2008 was Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. The theme for World
Diabetes Day from 2009 until and including 2013 is Diabetes Education and Prevention.
The World Diabetes Day campaign in 2007 and
2008 aims to:
• Increase the number of children supported by
the IDF Life for Child Program
• Raise awareness of the warning signs of diabetes
• Encourage initiatives to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis and distribute materials to support these initiatives
• Promote healthy lifestyles to help prevent type 2 diabetes in children

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