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International Diabetes Federation

A campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation

Diabetes: protect our future

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Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day, the day that marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting and the opportunity for millions of people around the world to come together and produce a powerful and united voice calling on the world to act on diabetes to protect our future.

On this the occasion, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is releasing the latest IDF Diabetes Atlas containing new estimates on the global and regional prevalence of the diabetes pandemic. The latest figures confirm that diabetes is on the increase in all countries but that we have solutions to challenge the disease. World Diabetes Day is part of our response to the diabetes pandemic and the chance to raise awareness in unison with communities all over the world

Visit on November 14 to view all the latest facts and figures from the 6th Edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas.

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Share your World Diabetes Day experience

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The world is already going blue for diabetes and many have posted pictures of their awareness activities on our social media channels. Whatever you are doing on World Diabetes Day or during the rest of November, make sure to share it with us and the wider diabetes community:

  • Add your pictures to our 'World Diabetes Day' pool on Flickr or send them to Remember to clearly describe what your image represents and where it was taken.
  • Share your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #WDD
  • Tag your posts on Twitter using the hashtag #WDD and help us make World Diabetes Day a trending topic again!
  • Share your awareness videos by posting them on YouTube and sending the link to or to the World Diabetes Day YouTube Channel.

Here's a last-minute list of things that you can do show your support for World Diabetes Day:

  • Wear blue for diabetes awareness in your home, school or workplace.
  • Form a human blue circle with your friends, family or colleagues.
  • Help us spread the word by supporting our #WDD Thunderclap campaign and showing your support for the millions who don't have access to the diabetes care they need.
  • Include the blue circle on your instant messaging app profile photo
  • Join the more than 4,000 individuals that have included the blue circle picbadge on their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures.
  • Check our online activity map to see if there’s an awareness activity near you.

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Global Activity Roundup

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Thank you to everyone who has submitted information about their planned activities for inclusion in our Global Activities Map. Here are some highlights of what we've received from all over the world:

  • In Ankara, Turkey, IDF President Sir Michael Hirst will present the latest edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas to the President of Turkey Abdullah Gull on November 14.
  • In Denmark, players of Brødnby IF, one of the country's most well-known football teams supported World Diabetes Day and the Danish Diabetes Association's (DDA) efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes during their home match against AGF at Brøndby Stadion on 10 November. The WDD and DDA logos were displayed on the players' shirts, which were later sold for auction. Before the game, 1500 sponsors of the team received a package that included a risk test and information material about type 2 diabetes.
  • In Abu Dhabi, UAE, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) will be holding its Diabetes Walk 2013, the largest community awareness event in the country, at the world-famous Formula 1 track at Yas Marina Circuit. Over the past months, mini-walks across the UAE have caught the imagination of the local community with more than four million steps having already been taken by schools and organisations in support of Start Walking, the exciting new grassroots initiative that is part of ICLDC's public health awareness campaign “Diabetes-Knowledge-Action.”
  • In Istanbul, Turkey, the International Diabetes Leadership Forum Turkey 2013 will take place on 15-16 November and explore ways to develop sustainable health policies and design health systems that generate better outcomes for people with diabetes. The Forum will gather around 400 high-level participants from Turkey, its neighbouring regions and from other countries which share similar challenges from diabetes to discuss and agree on ambitions, priorities and actions for improving diabetes care in their countries and to help break the curve of the diabetes epidemic. Speakers will include former United States President Bill Clinton, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and International Diabetes Federation President Sir Michael Hirst.
  • In Qatar, the Qatar Diabetes Association has a range of awareness activities planned throughout November. These include an art competition for students from 10 schools selected by QDA; a diabetes in the workplace programme in collaboration with the ECON Company, where a QDA medical team will carry out a risk assessment for employees, distribute brochures and provide an educational lecture about diabetes and how to prevent it; and a public event at the Katara Cultural Village in cooperation with Action on Diabetes, which will encourage participants to follow a healthy lifestyle by eating well and being physically active.
  • In Spain, the Federación Española de Diabetes (FEDE) has launched an online petition urging the Ministry of Health to promote better quality diabetes education to improve the lives of people with diabetes. Other activities organised by the association to mark World Diabetes Day include free diabetes screenings in pharmacies throughout Madrid and a large diabetes awareness run through the streets of the capital under the patronage of Letizia, Princess of Asturias.
  • In Teheran, Iran, a group of students from the University of Medical Sciences will be conducting a public awareness campaign in locations throughout the city, distributing flyers, booklets and providing diabetes education and screening. A human blue circle will also be formed.
  • In the Turks & Caicos Islands, the Turks & Caicos Diabetes Association has arranged for the Ministry of Health, the local business community and individuals to wear their diabetes awareness t-shirts to support World Diabetes Day. They will also be holding a poster display, providing blood glucose testing and distributing awareness pamphlets at the Cheshire Hall Hospital. Other activities on 15-16 November include speaking to primary school students about diabetes and organising a Walk/Jog-a-thon.
  • In Wisconsin, USA, the whole village of Waunakee will be lighting in blue for World Diabetes Day. Public buildings such as the Village Hall, Village Centre, Library, Chamber of Commerce and High School, and over 30 commercial buildings, and many residences will light in blue. Signs and flags promoting World Diabetes Day will also be posted and displayed throughout the community. The President of the Village Board of Trustees has officially supported the "Light Our Village in Blue" project, which is an initiative of the Waunakee Family of Lions Clubs.

Please continue to submit your information online or by email to .

Don’t forget to include you activities as steps on our Take a Step for Diabetes platform. Over 380 million steps have been submitted!

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Thank you to the Official World Diabetes Day Partners

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Partners of the International Diabetes Federation help make World Diabetes Day a global success by providing valuable support for many of the activities taking place around the world. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for helping the campaign to achieve its goals.

The Official World Diabetes Day 2013 Partners are:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Bayer HealthCare
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Bupa
  • Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Julphar Diabetes
  • Landmark Group
  • LifeScan
  • Lilly Diabetes
  • Medtronic
  • Merck and Co. Inc.
  • Nestlé
  • Novartis
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Pfizer
  • Roche
  • Sanofi Diabetes
  • Servier
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals International

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