The World Diabetes Day was observed every year across the world on 14 November to raise awareness about diabetes. Observance of day aims to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health and provide access to health-care treatment and education.
The theme for year 2017 is “Women and diabetes – Our right to a healthy future’. It aims to promote affordable access to essential diabetes medicines and technologies for all women with diabetes to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year.
- 199 million women in the world are living with diabetes and this number is going to 313 million by 2040.
- 1 in 10 women in the world is living with diabetes.
- 2 out of 5 women are living with diabetes in reproducing age
The World Diabetes Day was instituted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2007 by passing resolution A/RES/61/225. The resolution had encouraged Member States to develop national policies for prevention, treatment and care of diabetes.