World Diabetes Day

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and Diabetes.

The World Diabetes Day 2017 campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes. 

Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. As a result of socioeconomic conditions, girls and women with diabetes experience barriers in accessing cost-effective diabetes prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly in developing countries. Socioeconomic inequalities expose women to the main risk factors of diabetes, including poor diet and nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco consumption and harmful use of alcohol.

To mark World Diabetes Day 2017, on Tuesday, 14 November IDF will hold a high-level stakeholder event that will focus on key themes of importance to the diabetes agenda through the prism of women. It will aim to highlight the importance of affordable and equitable access to screening, diabetes medicines and technologies, education and information for women living with diabetes and those at risk, and promote the role of women and girls as key influencers in the adoption of healthy lifestyles. The event will also serve as a forum to promote two global initiatives of IDF:

-The release of the IDF Diabetes Atlas 8th Edition – –providing the latest data on the number of people living with diabetes worldwide.

- IDF’s Call to Action #RIGHT2HEALTH, which aims to deliver key advocacy information and request recognition and renewal of commitments that governments have agreed to ahead of the UN High Level Review on Non-communicable diseases, scheduled to take place in September 2018.


Association of Diabetics Zenica’s activities for the Day

IAPO member, the Association of Diabetics Zenica will be once again celebrating World Diabetes Day. They will come together with the Union of Zenica-Doboj Canton Diabetics Associations, the Institute of Food Safety and Health in Zenica-Doboj Canton, to discuss how correct diabetes diagnoses can be implemented. Working under this year’s campaign motto of ‘Women with Diabetes - Our Right to a Healthy Future, the Association of Diabetics Zenica will be giving a educative workshops  and providing blood sugar testing at the international primary and secondary school in Zenica, speaking on radio and television shows to highlight women’s experiences of diabetes  and importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk of, or living with, diabetes and access to essential diabetes medicines and technologies.


Polskie Stowarzyszenie Diabetykow's activities  

IAPO member Polskie Stowarzyszenie Diabetyków held their event on Saturday November 4 in a town called Nysa in southern Poland with an aim of promoting diabetes education in places where people may be a little bit less aware of the consequences of diabetes.

The event was mainly a patients’ conference, which included lectures and workshops for diabetics and their families. Also a diabetological fair took place, where the participants could see what is new in the world of diabetes (for example new medical equipment, dietary supplements, health products etc.) We also awarded our volunteers for their tireless work for the sake of diabetics.

Here is the link to the event report.

Adina Peru

Adina Peru will be celebrating World Diabetes Day on Sunday 12 November by holding an educational fair in Friendship Park in the Surco district of Lima.  They are collaborating with a range of stakeholders, such Roche Laboratories, the Municipality of the Surco district, Electrolight, and  Stevia products. The event will include exhibitions, particularly looking at the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, testimonies, the dissemination of nutritional guidelines and blood pressure measurements.

Adina Peru aims to empower a wider section of the public with knowledge of diabetes – particularly diabetes in children - because there is limited education on this subject.

The event will finish with blue candles and an artistic show.

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