World Diabetes Day
Access to diabetes care – if not now, when?
World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organisation in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.
Every year, the World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on a dedicated theme that runs for one or more years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23 is Access to Diabetes Care – If Not Now, When?.
Ideas for Workplaces:
To recognise this event…
Get your team dressed in blue and join in on the Global Diabetes Walk, an initiative created by the World Diabetes Foundation to highlight World Diabetes Day. Take to the streets to raise awareness of the impact of diabetes and the importance of physical activity.
Grab some photos of your team in action and post on your company/organisational social media (make sure to use the tags #WorldDiabetesDay and #IfNotNowWhen) to draw attention to the cause.
If a walk is not an option, make the colour blue your theme for the day, in the workplace an in your online presence. Where appropriate, you could even help your colleagues take charge of their health by learning their potential risk of type 2 diabetes with an online test.