A special day for everyone with diabetes: World Diabetes Day. But why does it exist and how did it come about? Here you can read everything you need to know about World Diabetes Day and what you can do on this day.
WHAT IS WORLD DIABETES DAY?
World Diabetes Day was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO). At that time there was a lot of attention for infectious diseases, but in many countries more people died from diabetes than from infectious diseases. World Diabetes Day was established to draw attention to diabetes - and thus to improve treatments.
WHEN IS WORLD DIABETES DAY?
World Diabetes Day is on November 14 every year. The date was chosen on the basis of Frederick Banting's birthday, who co-founded the discovery of insulin in 1922 with Charles Best. Since that discovery, type 1 diabetes has ceased to be a fatal disease.
WHY IS WORLD DIABETES DAY NEEDED?
Fortunately, treatment for diabetes has improved a lot since 1991. But attention is still needed for this chronic disease. To improve treatments, make them available to everyone and to spread knowledge about diabetes. Because of World Diabetes Day, diabetes is brought to the attention of companies, governments, ministers and health insurers every year.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN WORLD DIABETES DAY?
Every year, various actions are set up in which you can participate. Below are a few that you should not miss.
DIACÉ WORLD DIABETES DAY ACTION
In 2021 we organized the 'Pin up & spread the word' campaign, where everyone could request a free button that shows that you have diabetes. With the button you draw attention to diabetes and diabuddies can recognize you on the street. Next year there will be another great promotion around World Diabetes Day! Will you join us?
In addition, worddiabetesday.org determines a theme every year that requires special attention. In 2021 the theme was about the accessibility of insulin around the world. Unfortunately, there are still people with diabetes who die prematurely because they do not have access to insulin or cannot afford it. You can participate by drawing attention to the theme on social media or with friends and family.
THE BLUE CIRCLE OF DIABETES
Something that comes back every year and actually always when it comes to diabetes: the color blue. A round blue circle symbolizes diabetes. The circle represents the unity of the global diabetes community. Do you also wear blue on World Diabetes Day?