November 14 – World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is held annually to raise awareness of diabetes and its complications and the care that people with this condition need. It is observed on November 14 each year.

It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world. While the campaigns last the whole year, the day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. Each year, World Diabetes Day is centred on a theme related to diabetes. For 2009 – 2013, the theme is Diabetes Education and Prevention.

On December 20, 2006, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution to designate November 14 as World Diabetes Day. The occasion aimed to raise awareness of diabetes, its prevention and complications and the care that people with the condition need. Governments, non-governmental organizations and private businesses are encouraged to increase awareness of the disease, particularly among the general population and the media. World Diabetes Day was first commemorated on November 14, 2007, and is observed annually.

The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member associations around the world, including the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes UK, Diabetes Australia, the Canadian Diabetes Association, Diabetes South Africa, Diabetes New Zealand and the Diabetic Association of India. These organizations arrange events at international, national and local levels.

 

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