As the world gets ready tomorrow to mark another World Diabetes Day, we would like to share with you a message from the President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Professor Jean Claude Mbanya:
"People from all corners of the world will literally bring diabetes to light on 14 November. No matter where you are, it is your efforts that make World Diabetes Day a truly global success.
Tomorrow will be the first day of a future:
- In which we will be able to say 'we acted to stop a global catastrophe in diabetes'.
- With a coordinated global response to diabetes
- Where there will be worldwide access to affordable quality diabetes medicines, technologies and care.
- Which will stop a disease that has been largely preventable and treatable for 90 years.
- In which type 1 diabetes is no longer a death sentence for children in many parts of the world, despite the existence of life-saving insulin.
- Where governments, business, foundations, international organisations, researchers and the scientific community invest significantly in research into the causes, cure and better management of diabetes.
- When the world was forced to face the fact (or the world was forced to acknowledge) that every 8 seconds someone somewhere in the world dies from diabetes – and do something about it.
- Where people with diabetes will be able to exercise their rights to life and health.
But tomorrow will not be a turning point for diabetes without your support. We need to unite, act, and bring diabetes to light. We need to stand together behind IDF's A Call to Action on Diabetes on World Diabetes Day. Then we can be sure that tomorrow will be the first day of a future for people with diabetes worldwide.
We are united for diabetes. We are all in this together."