It is World Diabetes Day on 14 November. This international event is organized every year around the world to raise awareness about Diabetes Mellitus which is a chronic disease that results in malfunctioning of insulin production in the body. On this World Diabetes Day, let us know about its theme, history and importance:
World Diabetes Day 2021: Theme
The theme of World Diabetes Day 2021-2023 is “Access to Diabetes Care – If Not Now, When?” Is. The campaign hinges on a particular theme that is followed for one or more years.
World Diabetes Day 2021: History
The day came into existence in 1991 when the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and WHO decided to launch this diabetes awareness initiative as there was an increase in the number of people suffering from this chronic disease across the world. The IDF is an umbrella organization with over 230 national diabetes associations spanning 170 countries and territories.
Although the day was conceived in 1991, World Diabetes Day assumed official status as United Nations Day after the passing of a United Nations resolution in 2006.
November 14 was chosen as the day of the initiative as it commemorates the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the medical scientist who discovered insulin in 1922 along with Charles Best.
Leonard Thompson was the first person to receive insulin injections.
World Diabetes Day 2021: Significance
Diabetes has been a concern for millions of people across the world. More than 537 million people suffer from diabetes. To address this growing health threat, the World Diabetes Day campaign ensures that information related to diabetes is well disseminated.
This effort works to keep the diabetes epidemic in the public as well as political headlines by ensuring that the serious illness is carefully addressed and that people continue to take care of their health.
As a part of this World Diabetes Day effort, diabetes screening programs are organized; Coordinated and concerted action is taken to combat diabetes as an important global health issue.
The world’s largest campaign is represented by the blue circle logo, which symbolizes the unity of the global diabetes community.