Started in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Diabetes Day creates awareness about the effects of diabetes globally. The United Nations declared November 14 as an official World Diabetes Day (WDD). The day also marks the birth anniversary of scientist and Nobel laureate Frederick Banting who is the co-discoverer of insulin.
Every year IDF celebrates the day with a lot of awareness activities and sets a theme to narrow down the effects of diabetes. In 2016 the theme set by the IDF was ‘Eyes on Diabetes’ whereas this year the IDF has decided to concentrate on the effects of diabetes on women.
People informed and concerned about the illness often address it by organising activities in their neighbourhoods and nearby parks.
IDF has shortlisted nine countries in the South-East Asia (SEA) Region as the most afflicted with the highest number of people suffering from diabetes, India being one of them. The Federation did a data study on India and it was found that out of the 79.8 million adults living in India, a shocking 69.1 million adults suffered from diabetes.