WDD was originally established in 1991, by World Health Organization (WHO) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in response to the growing concerns about the escalating threat posed by diabetes.
The theme for World Diabetes Day and World Diabetes Month 2018 and 2019 is "The Family and Diabetes". The primary aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family. It also promotes the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of the condition.
Three main focus areas
Global burden of diabetes
In 2017, it was estimated that 451 million people have diabetes and these figures are expected to increase to 693 million by 2045. The high prevalence of diabetes has important social, financial and development implications especially in low- and middle-income countries. There is an increasingly urgent need for governments to implement policies to decrease the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes, and ensure appropriate access to treatment for all people living with diabetes.
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