The deadly nature of Diabetes is known to one and all! It affects over 422 million people worldwide every year and is the leading cause of 1.5 million deaths annually. World Diabetes Day was first observed in 1991. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) conceptualized this day in response to the ever-escalating health threat posed by this deadly ailment. (1)
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 61/225 designating November 14 as World Diabetes Day. The document recognized “the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health, and provide access to treatment and healthcare education.” The resolution also encouraged the Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes in line with the sustainable development of their healthcare systems. The campaign adopted in 2007 is represented by a blue circle logo representing the global symbol for awareness on Diabetes. It signifies ‘the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the Diabetic epidemic’. (2, 3)
This Diabetes awareness campaign currently reaches an audience of over one billion people spanning more than 160 countries. The campaign aims to draw attention to the cause of Diabetes and highlight it in the public and political space. The primary aim of the mission is:
- To act as a platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year.
- To serve as a global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated steps to confront Diabetes.
The day, now commemorated globally every year on November 14, also coincides with the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. He is credited with co-discovering insulin with Charles Best in 1922. (3)
Theme for 2021
The theme for 2021-23 is ‘access to affordable Diabetes care’. As we complete 100 years of discovering insulin, millions of people who have Diabetes still cannot access the care they need. A centenary celebration of the discovery of insulin has presented us with a unique opportunity to bring about meaningful change to the community surviving with the disease and the millions more that face the risk.
The year 2021 is dedicated to providing the aid and care that the Diabetes community needs. 
About the debilitating disease
Diabetes is a chronic disease that sets in when the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin or when the body cannot effectively utilize the insulin it produces. An increased concentration of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia) results in complications that may over time affect our cardinal organs. A lack of insulin production characterizes type 1 Diabetes. In contrast, Type 2 Diabetes is caused by the body’s ineffective use of insulin. It often results from lifestyle disorders. Gestational diabetes, another variant of the ailment, is usually recognized during pregnancy. 
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 WHO [online]: https://www.who.int/health-topics/diabetes#tab=tab_1
United Nations [online]: https://www.un.org/en/observances/diabetes-day
 World Diabetes Day.Org [online]: http://worlddiabetesday.org/about/