With 20 days to go to World Diabetes Day on 14 November, here is a selection of the latest planned activities that we've received from around the world:
- In Auckland, New Zealand, the staff of the Auckland Diabetes Centre at Greenlane Hospital will literally be ‘Walking the Talk’ for National Diabetes Awareness Week and World Diabetes Day. On 14 November, Diabetes Centre staff (Nurses, Dieticians, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Doctors and Administrators) and friends will walk across the city from coast to coast to highlight the importance of exercise and activity as an essential component of living well with diabetes and the associated benefits to cardiac and mental health.
- In Corsica, France, Association les Diabétiques de Corse (Corsica Diabetes Association) will be organising a Diabetes Forum at the Falconaja Hospital in Bastia and the Salle des fêtes de Bastelicaccia in Ajaccio. The local population, people with diabetes and their friends and families will be able to interact with health professionals at a series of roundtables focusing on different topics.
- In Mexico City, Mexico, the Faculty of Higher Education of the Free National University (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) will hold a day of prevention, early detection and diabetes education to mark World Diabetes Day. Activities will include educational games, talks about diabetes and achieving good diabetes control and workshops on physical activity. Every action favourable to good diabetes control and prevention will be rewarded with teaching materials for people with diabetes and their families.
- In Reggio Emilia, Italy, a roundtable on diabetes and discrimination will be organised by the Association "Amici del Diabete" (Friends of Diabetes). Participants will include the Provincial President, three members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Director-General of the local healthy authority and a representative of the provincial school board.
- In Sierra Leone, Friends of Dabetes Sierra Leone will be travelling from London to Sierra Leone to mark World Diabetes Day. There they will be holding an outdoor tea party to educate the general public about diabetes, an awareness march through the capital Freetown, and a seminar for people with diabetes where health professionals will talk about type 2 diabetes and its complications, obesity and foot care.
- In Jamaica, the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica will be staging a 5K Walk/Run on 24 November to increase awareness of and support people living with diabetes. Blue balloons will be released at the start and at the end and participants will receive a blue t-shirt in support of World Diabetes Day. Information about diabetes and its complications and free blood glucose and Hba1C checks will also be provided. The event will be followed by live entertainment and awards.