The World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated on the 14th of November. It is a day that raises global awareness about diabetes. Through the public enlightenment activities associated with the celebration, people are intimated with the escalating rates of diabetes all over the world. The WDD was started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in 1991 and was subsequently recognized by the United Nations in 2007. November 14th marks the birthday of Dr Frederick Banting who was a key figure instrumental to the discovery of insulin in 1922. The year 2011 campaign marks the third year of a 5 year campaign (2009-2013) with the theme; Diabetes Education and Prevention.
The campaign has different areas of responsibilities for the different strata of the society; to the individual living with diabetes, he/she is to be empowered through education about the various aspects of diabetes. To the healthcare worker; it is a call to improve knowledge so that evidence based recommendations are put into practice.
To the Government; it is a call to implement effective strategies and policies for the prevention and management of diabetes in order to safeguard the health of its citizens who are at risk of diabetes.