World Diabetes Day – Nov 14th
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the alarming rise in diabetes around the world. In 2007,
the United Nations marked the Day for the first time with the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution in December 2006, which made the existing World Diabetes Day an official United Nations World Health Day.
World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated on November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin (Injection for treating diabetes) in 1922.
Where is it celebrated?
World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide by the over 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries, all Member States of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.
How is it marked?
The global diabetes community including International Diabetes Federation member associations, diabetes organizations, NGOs, health departments and companies develop an extensive range of activities, tailored to a variety of groups. Activities organized each year include:
• Radio and television programmes
• Sports events
• Free screenings for diabetes and its complications
• Public information meetings
• Poster and leaflet campaigns
• Diabetes workshops and exhibitions
• Press conferences
• Newspaper and magazine articles
• Events for children and adolescents
• Monument lightings
• Walks, Cycle race
Is there a theme?
Each year World Diabetes Day is centered on a theme related to diabetes. Topics covered in the past have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, and the costs of diabetes. Recent themes include:
2004: Diabetes and Obesity
2005: Diabetes and Foot Care
2006: Diabetes in the Disadvantaged and the Vulnerable
2007-2008: Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
2009-2013: Diabetes Education and Prevention
The World Diabetes Day logo
The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle – the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution. The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the colour of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic.
SIDCAIN 2010 WDD Proposal
We humbly request your hand of friendship in collaborating with us to enable us reach out to thousands of Nigerians through our Campaign Program (see below) schedule for November, 2010.
Our Theme: Eat right – Join the parade, walk diabetes out!
We implore you…..
1 To ‘light up’ your corporate office in blue in support of the campaign throughout the month of November, 2010 (see details at www.worlddiabetesday.org)
2 Sponsor Newspaper Press release on diabetes on November 14, 2010
3 Display a big World Diabetes Day banner at your corporate office or near monuments between November 1st and 14th 2010.
4 Wear the World Diabetes Day brooch between Nov 1st and November 14th.
5 Distribute 500 world diabetes day brooches, to policy makers, dignitaries, top government officials etc, to be worn on Nov 1st and 14th, 2010.
6 Support SIDCAIN ‘’OKADA’’ program: Operation Kick Away Diabetes Aggressively’
a. Sponsoring the production of at least 2,500 (two thousand and five hundred) World Diabetes Day T-Shirts to be distributed amongst local OKADA riders (bicycle riders), which are seen by us as a form of FREE MOBILE ADVERTISEMENT UNIT.
b. The T-shirts should be worn by us all at least on Nov Monday 15th, 2010.
7 Sponsor live TV network 10-15mins discussions on preventing diabetes in Nigeria on Nov 14th, 2010.
We propose to…..
8 Distribute a booklet specially developed ‘Understanding Diabetes’ and our first Magazine – Changing Diabetes Care In Nigeria in November, 2010.
9 Our team shall give 10minutes health talk in major Churches on Sunday, Nov 14th and Mosques on Friday, Nov 19th across cities, providing free screening for diabetes through the use of our one page Diabetes Risk Assessment Questionnaire. This requires 2-3minutes to complete and scored (low risk, moderate risk or high risk) –see attached.
10 Our team shall organize Free Diabetes Risk Screening for any willing organization(s) on any designated day during the week of the World Diabetes Day celebrations.
11 All the 25 NCD clinics across Ogun State have been organizing awareness / screening Diabetes Camps across Ogun State, Nigeria.
12 And finally, we intend organizing DIABETES WALK and FREE DIABETES RISK SCREENING for about 1,000 of members of the public to be covered by the electronic and print media.
We need you to collaborate with us to rid our society of diabetes and hypertension, as part of your social responsibility.
All correspondence should be addressed to:
The Coordinator, SIDCAIN Program,
P.O.X 533, Sagamu, Ogun State
c/o P.O.BOX 4622, Dugbe, Ibadan, Oyo State.