World Diabetes Day (WDD)

was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

WDD is the world's largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.
Another symbol of the fight against the disease on Diabetes Day is a blue light. In the cities participating in the World Diabetes Day, large and famous buildings are illuminated with blue light.

Every year, the World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on a dedicated theme that runs for one or more years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23 is Access to Care. Messaging and materials will start to be made available during the second quarter of 2021.
It was decided to celebrate World Diabetes Day on November 14, the birthday of Sir Frederick Bunting.

World Diabetes Day -2021 is accompanied by the anniversary of the discovery of the drug, which made life with diabetes possible for many years. We are talking about insulin. In 2021 he will be 100 years old.

In May 1921, the experiments that would culminate in the synthesis of commercially available insulin first began in Toronto, Canada. Frederick Banting and Charles Best experimented on a number of diabetes-induced dogs with limited success. A breakthrough came when one of the dogs, named Marjorie by the Toronto team, survived for 70 days with injections of the pancreatic extract, or 'Isletin' as the team were calling it. On January 23rd of the following year, the first successful injection of insulin was administered to a person living with diabetes.

Worldwide, close to half a billion people live with diabetes. Without significant action to address the global impact of the condition, we anticipate the number will rise to more than 700 million over the next 25 years. Approximately half of people estimated to be living with diabetes remain undiagnosed. Left untreated with insulin, type 1 diabetes is fatal.

It is important to remind
ourselves that insulin still remains beyond the reach of many who need it.
When people with type 2 diabetes go untreated or are not sufficiently supported, they are at risk of serious and life-threatening complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and lower-limb amputation. Many will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes because they enter a clinical environment with a significant pre-existing problem, unaware that the problem will have been caused by diabetes. Some will be misdiagnosed. Tragically and avoidably, some will be diagnosed post-mortem.

In many cases, if diabetes is detected early, people affected may well be able to prevent or at least delay any serious problems from arising. More must be done to prevent type 2 diabetes in people at high risk of developing the condition and greater effort must be made to diagnose all forms of diabetes early and prevent its complications.

We should worry that the legacy of the pandemic will see resources and attention focused on infectious diseases to the detriment of all non-communicable diseases, including diabetes.

We are living extraordinarily difficult times in which people with diabetes are facing an additional major health threat. Regretfully, we have seen that people living with diabetes can be more susceptible to the worst complications of Covid-19. The evidence suggests fatalities are markedly higher among people with underlying health conditions such as diabetes. This is particularly the case among the elderly (an estimated one in five people over the age of 65 have diabetes) and when diabetes is not under control. We share a concern with many colleagues that the current situation may lead to an increase in diabetes complications over the coming years.

Action to address the diabetes pandemic should include access to affordable and uninterrupted care for every person living with diabetes, regardless of where they live or their economic circumstances.


Every year Ukraine celebrates World Diabetes Day. NGOs organize actions to draw attention to the problem of disease spread and prevention.

At the initiative of the Ukrainian Diabetes Federation in the period from 2008 to 2013 on the main square of the country on this day illuminated the Independence Stella in blue.

On the eve of the historic Revolution of Dignity, November 14, 2013, on World Diabetes Day, activists of the Ukrainian Diabetes Federation staged a dance flashmob. About fifty people gathered on Independence Square. After a mass workout, they studied rock and roll movements and demonstrated dance as a means of preventing diabetes. According to Valentyna Ocheretenko, Chairman of the Council of the Ukrainian Diabetes Federation, dance is the best form of physical activity. First, it promotes weight loss. Second, it improves health. Third, it lifts the mood

Useful contacts

Website WDD :
Ukrainian Diabetes Federation: Facebook

Ukrainian diabetes federation

All-Ukrainian Public Association for Diabetes Assistance "Ukrainian Diabetic Feleration". Certificate of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine AO 1 №093411 dated 02.06.1997
The group of enthusiasts who announced their intention to defend the interests of people with diabetes began their activities in Soviet times. In 1988, the first public organization for the protection of the rights of patients with diabetes was established in Kharkiv. It was not only the first association of diabetics, but also the first non-governmental patient organization. The movement began when people firstly heard about new ways of development and the possibilities of a democratic system. In 1993, the Ukrainian Diabetes Association (now the Federation - UDF) was officially founded. Since 1996, UDF has been a member of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). This was the key to the successful operation of the organization, specialy because successesfull Twinning with British Diabetes Association. Currently, the Ukrainian Diabetes Federation is part of a strong international diabetic movement.


to increase overall access to diabetes care.

advocating the interests of people with diabetes in our country and worldwide,

initiating the development and monitoring of the implementation of the National Diabetes Programs, participating in legislative processes,

working groups of the Ministry of Health and the National Health Insurance Fund,

discussing initiatives to change health care


Dissemination of best practices of the treatment and prevention of diabetes and protection of patients' rights throughout Ukraine.

To raise awareness about the state of diabetic care in the country, about the latest technologies, about the work of medical workers and about the activities of public organizations that protect the rights of patients with diabetes, the Ukrainian Diabetes Federation annually holds large-scale events for World Diabetes Day. printed publications and take active part in social net and the Internet.

The UDF has been implementing projects to improve the quality of care for diabetics, promoting therapeutic education for patients since 1992. At1993, by the initiative of the UDF and with the support of the British Diabetes Association, the first "diabetic foot" clinick had begun. Diabetes screening projects started from 1996; in 2011 UDF orginized first screened in the Verkhovna Rada. In 2013, the mobile project "To see a colorful world" was launched, which conducted a screening of diabetic retinopathy. and more-more

The Ukrainian Diabetes Federation promotes a healthy lifestyle and involves people with diabetes in activities aimed to increasing physical activity, organizing diabetic camps for elderly, holding Sports Games and Festivals, initiating a football project for people with diabetes DiaEuro (2012), which spread to throughout Europe, covering 22 countries!
The Ukrainian Diabetes Federation cooperates with any organization that is interested in protecting human rights, as well as openly inviting all groups and organizations of the diabetic community. UDF also welcomes people, interested administrators of groups and forums on social networks, voluntary organizations in a city or small town.


Social networks: Facebook / Telegram

The International Diabetes Federation


leading the global diabetes community since 1950
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 240 national diabetes associations in 168 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk.

In 2000,
the International
Diabetes Federation
the publication
of the Atlas of Diabetes.
Since then,
this publication
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a source
of information
about diabetes,
which is cited
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Mission of IDF:
IDF's mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. IDF is engaged in action to tackle diabetes from the local to the global level ― from programmes at community level to worldwide awareness and advocacy initiatives.

The International Diabetes Federation is divided into seven regions, with the aim of strengthening the work of national diabetes associations and enhancing the collaboration between them.

The Federation's activities aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. IDF is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Contacts IDF

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            United Nations
            According to the United Nations, Ukraine will face population decline from year to year. Such estimates are based on demographic modeling, so they are susceptible to bias and error due to shortcomings in both the model and the data. Because future trends cannot be known exactly, population forecasts have a wide range of uncertainties.
            UN resolution
            on diabetes
            The UN resolution on the fight against the diabetes epidemic was adopted on December 20, 2006 at the 61st UN General Assembly. The document became the fourth of its kind in the history of the United Nations. The first three resolutions were devoted to the fight against infectious diseases - malaria, tuberculosis, HIV.

            In its message, the UN recognizes that diabetes is a chronic disabling disease that leads to severe complications and requires significant economic costs. Diabetes is a serious obligation for family members, but also for UN member states.

            For the first time, the Assembly drew the attention of governments around the world to the fact that diabetes poses as high a risk to the health of nations as epidemics of infectious diseases..

            The UN resolution called on all countries to establish national programs for the prevention, treatment and prevention of diabetes and its complications and to include them in public health programs, to raise public awareness about diabetes and its complications, on methods of its prevention and treatment, involving to this process educational programs and mass media. Since 2007, the United Nations has launched World Diabetes Day annually on November 14.

            World Health Organization
            The organization seeks to encourage and support effective measures to monitor, prevent and combat diabetes and its complications, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
            • provides scientific guidelines for the prevention of major noncommunicable diseases including diabetes
            • develops norms and standards for diabetes diagnosis and care
            • builds awareness on the global epidemic of diabetes, marking World Diabetes Day (14 November)
            • conducts surveillance of diabetes and its risk factors
            The participants of the 74th session of the World Health Assembly, which took place on May 24 - June 1, 2021 on the Internet, adopted a Resolution on reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases through strengthening prevention and control of diabetes. The new resolution urges Member States to give priority to the prevention, diagnosis and control of diabetes, as well as the prevention and elimination of risk factors such as obesity.
            The document recommends action in a number of areas, including: developing ways to achieve diabetes prevention and control goals, including access to insulin; increase the level of consistency and harmonization of regulatory requirements for insulin and other drugs and medical devices for the treatment of diabetes; assessment of the implementation and feasibility of creating a network tool for the exchange of information on the transparency of markets for medicines and medical devices for the treatment of diabetes.
            Delegates asked WHO to develop recommendations and support to strengthen diabetes monitoring and surveillance in national noncommunicable disease programs and to consider potential targets. The WHO was also invited to make recommendations on the prevention and treatment of obesity, as well as on policies to prevent and control diabetes.
            Global Report on Diabetes
            Remaining a significant public health problem, diabetes is one of the four priority noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) planned to be addressed by world leaders. Over the past few decades, the number of cases and the prevalence of diabetes have been steadily increasing. This first WHO Global Diabetes Report highlights the enormous scale of the diabetes problem and the potential to change the current situation.
            Current mortality estimates are an important indicator of public health and can provide valuable information in identifying priority health interventions. Diabetes-related mortality is also a significant component of national economic losses.

            7 out of 10 causes of death in the world caused by non-communicable diseases. Among them - diabetes! These are the data of the World Health Organization.

            According to the organization in 2016, the incidence of diabetes is constantly growing and is among people over 18 years 8.5% of the world's population, in Ukraine - 9.1% (men - 8.3%, women - 9.7%)