World Diabetes Day has been held annually on November 14 since 1991 at the initiative of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization. Since 2007, the event has been held under the UN auspices, and the blue circle becomes the emblem in the same year.
World Diabetes Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes as a public health problem as well as collective and individual action needed to improve prevention, diagnosis, and management of the disease.
World Diabetes Day concludes a year of active work aimed to raise awareness of diabetes around the world. To mark the centenary of the discovery of insulin, WHO and partners have widely distributed information about the colossal gap between current insulin needs and the basic tools for diabetes management - glucometers and blood glucose test strips - and the number of people provided with these tools.
Against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, individuals with type 2 diabetes account for a significant proportion of patients hospitalized with serious COVID-19 complications, suffering from viral infections, as well as experiencing major disruptions of essential health care.
Source: World Health Organization.