Act on Diabetes. Now.

Act on Diabetes. Now.

Tomorrow, 14 November, millions of people in over 170 countries will once again join together to mark World Diabetes Day, the global awareness campaign of the diabetes community, and produce a powerful and united voice calling on the world to Act on Diabetes. Now. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will mark the occasion by releasing the 5th edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, the authoritative resource with the latest data on the status of the diabetes epidemic that makes the case for the measures that are required to reduce the enormous burden that diabetes currently represents for health systems worldwide.

The latest figures published in the Atlas confirm that diabetes is a serious challenge the world can no longer afford to ignore. In September of this year, world leaders gathered in New York for the landmark United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and recognised the need for urgent and coordinated action to tackle the crisis represented by the rise of diabetes and other NCDs all over the globe. Commitments were made, among others, to increase access to affordable, safe, effective and quality -assured medicines and technologies, promote universal coverage in national health systems and promote healthy diets and increase physical activity through urban planning, active transport and work-site healthy lifestyle programmes.

The Summit marked a major milestone for diabetes and other NCDs but much work remains to be done to turn the global catastrophe around, requiring long-term vision, sustained leadership and political will. World Diabetes Day provides the ideal platform to build on what has been achieved so far and continue the movement to change the lives of the 366 million people living with diabetes and the many more at risk. Thanks to your efforts, we are closer to achieving our shared goals.

A healthy future is in our hands.Let's all Unite for Diabetes on World Diabetes Day!

Visit on 14 November to view all the content from the 5th edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas.

Make the day a special one

The world has been going blue for diabetes since the beginning of November and will continue to do so on World Diabetes Day. Join and support the campaign in your area:

Share your World Diabetes Day experience

Whatever you're doing this World Diabetes Day, share it with us and the global community:

Thank you to the Official World Diabetes Day partners

Partners of the International Diabetes Federation help make World Diabetes Day a global success by providing valuable support for many of the activities taking place around the world. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for helping the campaign to achieve its goals. The Official World Diabetes Day 2011 Partners are:

  • Abbott Diabetes Care
  • AstraZeneca
  • Bayer HealthCare
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Boston Scientific
  • Bristol Myers-Squibb
  • Julphar
  • Kuwait Finance House
  • Landmark Group
  • LifeScan
  • Lilly Diabetes
  • Medtronic
  • Merck and Co, Inc / MSD
  • Novartis
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Pfizer
  • Roche
  • Sanofi
  • Servier
  • Takeda