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World Diabetes Day: 14th November [Nov. 6th, 2006|04:10 pm]
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Okay folks, who knows anything about World Diabetes Day?
Me neither lol. But I was asked if I'd advertise the campaign in this community, and seeing as I knew nothing about it I thought raising awareness would be a great idea!

You may have noticed the banner on the user information page ~ 'Diabetes Care For Everyone' and a link to worlddiabetesday.org for more information.

For people who don't know about it, World Diabetes Day is on the 14th November. It was established by IDF (lnternational Diabetes Federation) and WHO (World Health Organisation) in 1991 with the aim of co-ordinating diabetes advocacy worldwide and has since become a global awareness campaign of the diabetes community.

The lnternational Diabetes Federation has chosen 2006 as the year of the disadvantaged and the vulnerable and the World Diabetes Day 2006 (November 14th) campaign aims to raise awareness of communities and groups in both developed and developing countries that experience difficulties in accessing optimal diabetes care.

To read more about this campaign, please click on the .
I have taken the following information direct from the website;
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.

Disadvantaged - a person or community that is less able to access care
Vulnerable - a person, community or group that is for some reason at increased risk of diabetes or is a victim of unforeseen circumstances that make their health situation precarious.

Among the special interest groups that the campaign will focus on we include the economically disadvantaged, migrant communities, ethnic minorities, the geographically isolated, people with a disability, indigenous peoples, and the elderly.

The campaign theme of World Diabetes Day 2007 will be Diabetes in children and adolescents

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. It can strike children at any age, including pre-school children and even toddlers. Yet diabetes in children is often diagnosed late, when the child has diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), or it is misdiagnosed completely. In many parts of the world, insulin, the main life-saving medication that children with diabetes need to survive, is not available (or is available but remains inaccessible for reasons of economy, geography or constraints on supply). As a consequence, many children die of diabetes, particularly in low and middle-income countries. Those closest to the child – family, school staff, family doctor – may not be aware of the ominous signs. World Diabetes Day 2007 sets out to challenge this and firmly establish the message that ‘no child should die of diabetes’.