What is World Diabetes Day?
World Diabetes Day (DMD) is the most important diabetes awareness campaign in the world. It was established by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991, in response to the alarming increase in diabetes cases worldwide. In 2007, the United Nations celebrated this day for the first time following the adoption of the Resolution in December 2006 of World Diabetes Day.
Its purpose is to publicize the causes, symptoms, treatment, and complications associated with the disease. World Diabetes Day reminds us that the incidence of this serious condition is on the rise and this trend will continue unless we take action now to prevent this enormous growth.
How did it start?
World Diabetes Day was introduced by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991, given the worrying increase in the incidence of diabetes around the world. Since then, the event has increased in popularity every year.
When is World Diabetes Day celebrated?
It is celebrated every year on November 14. This date was chosen as the anniversary of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, conceived the idea that would lead them to the discovery of insulin, in October 1921. While many events take place during or around that day, the campaign takes place over the whole year.
Where is it celebrated?
All over the world!
As it is celebrated?
The international diabetes community, which includes member associations of the International Diabetes Federation, diabetes organizations, NGOs, health departments and businesses, develops a wide variety of activities, aimed at various groups.
World Diabetes Day brings together millions of people in more than 160 countries to raise awareness about diabetes, including children and adults affected by diabetes, health professionals, individuals with decision-making power and the media. Numerous local and national events are organized by member associations of the International Diabetes Federation and other organizations linked to diabetes, health professionals, health authorities and individuals committed to diabetes. World Diabetes Day unites the world diabetes community by producing a powerful voice for diabetes awareness.
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