What is the World Diabetes Day

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What is the World Diabetes Day?

The World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the awareness campaign of the diabetes world's most important. It was established by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991, as a response to the alarming increase of diabetes cases in the world. In 2007, the United Nations held for the first time this day after the passing of the Resolution in December 2006, World Diabetes Day, which made the existing World Diabetes Day an official day of the health of the UN.

Its purpose is to raise awareness of the causes, symptoms, treatment, and complications associated with the disease. The World Diabetes Day reminds us that the incidence of this serious condition is on the increase and will continue this trend unless we take actions from now on to prevent this huge growth.

How it all began?

The World Diabetes Day was introduced by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991, before the worrying increase in the incidence of diabetes around the world. Since then, the event has increased in popularity each year.

When do you celebrate?

The World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on 14 November. We chose this date as the anniversary of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, conceived the idea that would lead to the discovery of insulin in October 1921. While many events took place during or around that day, the campaign takes place throughout the year.

Where will you celebrate?

In all the world!

The 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 care professionals, individuals with decision-making power in health matters 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, healthcare professionals, health authorities and committed individuals with diabetes.The World Diabetes Day unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness. In Spain, the Spanish Diabetes Society and the Spanish Federation of Diabetes are member associations of the International Diabetes Federation.

How do you celebrate?

The international community of diabetes, which includes the member associations of the International Diabetes Federation, the organizations of diabetes, NGOS, departments of health and business, develop a wide variety of activities, aimed at various groups. Some of the activities organized every year are:

  • Radio and television programs
  • Sports activities
  • Free screenings on diabetes and its complications
  • Meetings with public
  • Campaigns, posters and brochures
  • Exhibitions and workshops on diabetes
  • Press conferences
  • Articles in newspapers and magazines
  • Activities for children and adolescents
  • Lighting of monuments
  • Blue circles human
  • Marches
  • Racing
  • Bike racing

Is there a special theme for each year?

Until the year 2007, every year the World Diabetes Day revolved around a central idea, a topic that was the center of attention. In 2007 the decision was made to extend it for a longer time the issues of the campaign.

Known issues that have been dealt with from their birth, and extensive and interesting information disseminated in their campaigns through our section "previous Campaigns".

The logo of the World Diabetes Day

The logo of the World Diabetes Day is a blue circle - the global symbol for diabetes which was created as part of the awareness campaign "Unite for Diabetes". The logo was adopted in 2007 to commemorate the adoption of the United Nations Resolution on the World Diabetes Day. The meaning of the symbol of the blue circle is incredibly positive. In many cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The color blue represents the sky that unites all nations and is the color of the flag of the United Nations.The blue circle symbolizes the unity of the international community of diabetes in response to the diabetes pandemic.


More information on World Diabetes Day www.idf.org/worlddiabetesday
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