World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to increase the numbers of people with diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006. It is marked every year on 14 November.

The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic and the blue border of the circle reflects the color of the sky and the flag of the United Nations

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?.

The main Key messages for the World Diabetes Day this year is:

  • Access to insulin: 100 years after its discovery, millions of people with diabetes cannot access the insulin they need.
  • Access to oral medicines: Many people with diabetes need oral medicines to manage their condition. These remain unavailable or unaffordable in many low- and middle-income countries.
  • Access to self-monitoring: Blood glucose monitoring is a fundamental component of diabetes care. Many people with diabetes do not have access to the equipment and supplies they need.
  • Access to education and psychological support: People living with diabetes need ongoing education to manage their condition. Many do not have access to diabetes education.
  • Access to healthy food and a safe place to exercise: People living with or at risk of diabetes need access to healthy food and a place to exercise. Both are fundamental components of diabetes care and prevent

Join HMC for World Diabetes Day Activities

In recognition of World Diabetes Day, HMC is planning a series of events designed to increase awareness of the risk factors and symptoms of diabetes. Through increased awareness we can all play an important role in reducing the burden of this disease; we can also help improve health outcomes for those living with diabetes. Join HMC in our quest to help protect the future of Qatar’s population.