What causes 63% of all deaths in the world? If you guessed AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, you'd be wrong. It's actually non-communicable diseases, with the top four being cancer, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. It costs governments billions of dollars in both healthcare costs and loss in worker productivity, and that's just one of the many reasons why a delegation of heads of state, ministers of Foreign Affairs and Health, and representatives from NGOs…Read more »
A few weeks ago, as part of the Roche Diabetes Social Media Summit, we had the pleasure of meeting and hearing from Jean-Claude Mbanya, the President of the International Diabetes Federation. Jean-Claude gave an impassioned speech at dinner about the plight of underprivileged children in developing countries, many of whom die because of lack of access to insulin. Which is shocking and devastating, considering it has been almost 90 years since the discovery of insulin.…Read more »
Fellow PWDs, do you know your rights? Take Note: there is now an official International Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for People with Diabetes, developed by the International Diabetes Federation and published yesterday.
In truth, this straightforward four-page document (click here for PDF) is more of an "international declaration" since it doesn't carry any legal weight. But it is nevertheless chock full of very specific "suggestions" in four categories:
1. The Right to Care
Say hello to November: National Diabetes Awareness Month. There are loads of awareness campaigns going on this month, beginning with the list of exciting stuff I previewed recently here. World Diabetes Day is of course smack in the middle of the month on Nov. 14, and here in San Francisco, we'll be lighting up the Metreon Building and kicking off the fun new fitness program, Dance Out Diabetes.
What I want to talk to you…
It's just two months off now, so brace yourselves for November, Folks: National Diabetes Awareness Month is going to be bigger than ever this year.
Once again, November 14 will be World Diabetes Day, which will be marked by the International Diabetes Federation's (IDF) Blue Monument Challenge. That is, public monuments around the globe will be lit up in diabetes-awareness blue for the day. See the amazing photos from last year of over 300 monuments,…