November 14 is observed as World Diabetes Day across the globe with an aim to increase awareness about the effects of diabetes and the complications caused by the disease. It is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries.
The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. The day is internationally recognised and is an official United Nations Day.
The day is celebrated on November 14 to pay respect to Sir Frederick Banting on his birth anniversary, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922
History of World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day was launched in 1991 by the IDF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the rapid rise of diabetes around the world.
By 2016, World Diabetes Day was being commemorated by over 230 IDF member associations in more than 160 countries and territories, as well as by other organizations, companies, healthcare professionals, politicians, celebrities, and people living with diabetes and their families. Activities include diabetes screening programmes, radio and television campaigns, sports events and others.
World Diabetes Day Theme
Every year, World Diabetes Day is informed by a specific theme which runs over one or multiple years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018-19 is Family and Diabetes.