Beat diabetes with World Health Day

Friday, 1 April 2016

Happy Birthday to the World Health Organization (WHO)! 7 April will mark the 68th year since WHO was formed in 1948, and this day is celebrated as World Health Day each year.

The burdens of the disease

The theme for this year’s World Health Day is ‘beat diabetes’ - focusing primarily on type 2 diabetes. On the Day, WHO will release its first WHO Global Report on Diabetes, which will look at the rising prevalence of the disease.  

WHO says that the aim of the Day is to raise awareness of the “staggering burden and consequences” of the disease, especially in low- and middle-income countries. The facts stand up on their own. Already around 350 million people across the globe have diabetes and this number is likely to double within 20 years.

Get involved

The hashtag for the Day is simply #Diabetes. WHO has created this quiz which you might find useful as a way of starting conversations with others online.

If you want to get involved with others in your area, the WHO is encouraging people and organizations to use the Day as a platform from which you can collaborate and form your own campaigning teams locally. Let WHO know how you will mark the Day by registering here and plotting your marker on the map.

There is a series of downloadable posters on WHO’s website that you can make use of. The posters are based around the theme of superheroes, with taglines such as ‘stay super’ and ‘beat diabetes’.

Find out more

There is more information on the official website.

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