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World Diabetes Day 2022 focuses on 'Education to protect tomorrow'

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Muscat: 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 Nations Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on November 14, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

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 Sultanate of Oman is taking several initiatives and services which have been developed at a governmental level in the country, including a multi-sectoral plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, which aims to reduce premature deaths related to non-communicable diseases by 25 percent by 2025, in addition to the development of national monitoring framework for prevention, and the NCDs surveillance and control.

The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to be the: 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 Diabetes Care.

World Diabetes Day is a global occasion on which people with diabetes, health professionals, diabetes advocates, media, the general public, and government organizations unite to raise awareness of diabetes. Your participation – both in the build-up to and following 14 November – is key to the success of the campaign. Taking part can be exciting and hugely rewarding!

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23 is Access to Diabetes Care. The focus of the campaign in 2022 is access to diabetes education, with the slogan “Education to protect tomorrow.”

You can support the call and raise awareness of the need for more diabetes education in a number of ways:

Take and share our education courses: boost your diabetes knowledge with free courses and training from the IDF School of Diabetes.

Support our call to action to policymakers by sending a letter to your national health minister or another policymaker through our online tool.

Support our survey on access to diabetes education: share our survey that explores access to diabetes education among healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes.

Display our visual assets: download and display posters, infographics, and banners in your community.

Organize an event: walk in blue for diabetes, light up a local landmark or arrange local diabetes fair. Submit your activities and images online.

Share a blue circle selfie: take a photo with the diabetes blue circle and share your diabetes story online.

If your region or community is observing physical distancing guidelines due to COVID-19, you can arrange online activities.

Regular physical activity is an important part of diabetes management and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Whether indoors or outdoors, every step counts to help stay healthy!

Join the Global Diabetes Walk, an initiative created by the World Diabetes Foundation in support of World Diabetes Day. Take to the streets to raise awareness of the impact of diabetes and the importance of physical activity. If outdoor activities in your community are restricted, walk or exercise in your home or workplace and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to join in.

The official hashtags of World Diabetes Day 2022 are #WorldDiabetesDay and #EducationToProtect

Share our example posts on your social channels, your website, and to your community groups, to raise awareness of the need for improved access to diabetes education.

More than 90% of diabetes care is self-care. Do you have the knowledge to make informed decisions about your condition? This #WorldDiabetesDay, take charge of your diabetes care with our free online courses #EducationToProtect

1 in 9 people will have diabetes by 2030. Healthcare professionals are under pressure to provide the best care and protect tomorrow. How up-to-date is your knowledge? This #WorldDiabetesDay access free diabetes training to find out: #EducationToProtect

More than half a billion people now live with diabetes. This #WorldDiabetesDay, join our call for education to protect tomorrow. Support our call for greater access to education to stop the rise of diabetes and prevent complications:* #EducationToProtect

Diabetes around the world in 2021:

537 million adults (20-79 years) are living with diabetes - 1 in 10. This number is predicted to rise to 643 million by 2030 and 783 million by 2045.

Over 3 in 4 adults with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries.

Diabetes is responsible for 6.7 million deaths in 2021 - 1 every 5 seconds.

Diabetes caused at least USD 966 billion dollars in health expenditure – a 316% increase over the last 15 years.

Middle-East and North Africa

1 in 6 adults (73 million) is living with diabetes.

The number of adults with diabetes is expected to reach 95 million by 2030 and 136 million by 2045.

1 in 3 adults living with diabetes is undiagnosed.

796,000 deaths caused by diabetes in 2021.

1 in 7 live births is affected by hyperglycemia in pregnancy.

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