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International Diabetes Federation


2011 campaign posters now available

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Five new posters have been produced by the International Diabetes Federation to promote the slogan - Act on Diabetes. Now - and key messages of the third year of our 2009-2013 focus on diabetes education and prevention:

  • Diabetes Kills: 1 person every 8 seconds
  • Diabetes can no longer be ignored: 1 million amputations a year
  • Diabetes does not discriminate: young/ old; rich/ poor; man/ woman
  • Lifesaving care, a right not a privilege: Education, Medicines, Technologies
  • Choose Health: Demand healthy food and environments

Currently available in English, French and Spanish, the posters can be downloaded from the following link. If you are interested in receiving print copies of any of the posters or would like to translate them in your own language, let us know at

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How are you acting on diabetes?

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The 2011 campaign features a new initiative aimed at engaging the grassroots diabetes community and showcasing global unity for the diabetes cause in this special year for diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. Our World Diabetes Day Participative Video Campaign consists of an online platform displaying short videos of individuals around the world showing and telling us how they are 'Acting on Diabetes. Now.'

Join the campaign by submitting a 5 to 10 second video showing your support for the global movement against diabetes. Participating is easy:

  • Visit and get inspired by seeing examples of videos that have already been contributed.
  • Think of a short message that best conveys how you or your friends and family are acting on diabetes (e.g. I act on diabetes by walking to work every day).
  • Film yourself saying the message. No need for a fancy video camera, even a mobile phone or webcam will do. Don't forget to use the blue circle, the global symbol of diabetes, in your video. You can make your own or just draw it on a piece of paper or on a part of your body. Download the blue circle here [insert link].
  • Go to and follow the simple instructions to submit your video.

All languages are welcome. We are also offering a free registration to the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai in December to the video that receives the most 'likes'. Start sending us your videos now!

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The Road to the UN Summit on NCDs - 100 days to go

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The clock is ticking down to the UN High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). In less than 100 days, world leaders will gather in New York for a meeting that has the potential to change the world for the millions of people living with diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease. Make sure that your voice is heard, contribute your views to the Summit, and state loud and clear that neglect of diabetes and other NCDs is an OUTRAGE.

Check out the NCD Alliance's asks for the Summit and consult our Advocacy Toolkit for information, guidance and key tools and resources to put a compelling case to influencers and political decision makers in your country. Convince them that now is the time to take coordinated and concerted action.

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Already organising a WDD activity? Let us know

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We have started receiving information about diabetes awareness events that will be organised around the world to mark World Diabetes Day in November. In Argentina, the Schools of Nursing, Nutrition, Kinesiology and Podiatry of the University of Buenos Aires are planning an event that will include a welcome ceremony followed by seminars about nutrition, the importance of physical activity for diabetes prevention and informing children about diabetes using puppets.

If you already have a World Diabetes Day activity confirmed in your area, let us know at All events will be displayed in our events calendar on Highlights will be featured in this newsletter.

If you are looking for inspiration on what to do to mark the day, consult our campaign book for tips on how to organise popular activities like human blue circles, blue lightings and physical activity events. The guide will be updated with all the latest information about the 2011 campaign as it develops.

You can also visit our image pool on Flickr or our Virtual Museum to see how World Diabetes Day has been marked around the world in recent years.

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Visit us at the ADA Scientific Sessions

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If you are going to be in San Diego, USA on 24-28 June attending the 71st Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), make sure to drop by the IDF stand (2748) in the Exhibition Hall. Members of the World Diabetes Day team will be on-hand to distribute World Diabetes Day materials (posters, awareness bracelets, blue circle pins), provide you with all the latest information about the campaign and get your feedback on the work we are doing.

On Saturday 25 June, we will be holding a special breakfast meeting involving our President Jean Claude Mbanya and CEO, Ann Keeling, that will consist of an interactive and dynamic session to see how all components of the diabetes community can work together in 2011, and beyond, to make a difference to the lives of people with diabetes. If you are interested in attending, let us know at We look forward to seeing you there.

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We are delighted to be able to now provide a German version of the World Diabetes Day newsletter, courtesy of Diabetes-Zentrale e.V.

We are very grateful for their ongoing support of the campaign.

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