Diabetes Care for Everyone
World Diabetes Day was established by IDF and WHO in 1991 with the aim of coordinating diabetes advocacy worldwide. Since then, it has become the primary awareness campaign of the global diabetes community.
Through the activities of IDF member associations and partners, the World Diabetes Day campaign reaches millions of people around the world. It unites the diabetes communities of more than 150 countries in what is both a targeted campaign to raise awareness of diabetes and its complications and a celebration of the lives of people with diabetes everywhere.
World Diabetes Day events centre on a theme chosen to highlight issues that are of particular concern to people with diabetes. In 2005, IDF began devoting more resources in support of its membership by spreading activities over the year rather than focusing all our efforts on one day, so as to extract maximum benefit from the awareness-raising opportunities that present themselves.
In recent years, World Diabetes Day has focused on the complications of diabetes affecting the heart, eyes, kidneys, and feet. This year, the emphasis falls on communities and groups in both developed and developing countries that experience difficulties in accessing optimal diabetes care. The theme is diabetes in the disadvantaged and the vulnerable; the slogan is:
Unfortunately, optimal diabetes care is not reaching many – perhaps not the majority – of those who could and should benefit. This is particularly true of people who are disadvantaged and vulnerable. By disadvantaged we mean that the person or community is less able to access care; by vulnerable we mean that the person, community or group is for some reason at increased risk of diabetes or is a victim of unforeseen circumstances that make their health situation precarious.
The campaign focuses on a number of special interest groups that include: the economically disadvantaged, migrant communities, ethnic minorities, the geographically isolated, people with a disability, indigenous peoples, and the elderly.
It is time for a greater understanding of the relationship between the health of a community and its socio-economic and cultural make-up. It is time to demand that governments ensure that optimal diabetes care reaches everyone.
World Diabetes Day brings together our member associations, the World Health Organization and its regional offices, organizations involved in diabetes or diabetes-related areas, industry partners, health professionals, and individuals with an interest in diabetes from all over the world. Let us once again join forces to give visibility to diabetes and improve the lives of all who are, directly or indirectly, affected by the condition.
We look forward to working in collaboration with all of you to make a success of the 2006 campaign.
With best wishes
Professor Pierre Lefebvre
Professor Martin Silink