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:

  • Over 40 towns and cities around the world have joined our World Diabetes Day Flashmob Challenge. You're still in time to organise your own special awareness performance to mark the day. Get inspired with our tutorial video.
  • Hundreds of monuments and buildings in over 50 countries are lighting in blue for diabetes awareness. Check our online list to see if something is going blue in your local town or city. It's never too late to add your confirmed lighting to our list. Send it to
  • Thousands are wearing blue for diabetes throughout November to raise awareness and support our cause in their home, school or workplace. Why blue? Find out.
  • Take part in a local awareness event by consulting our online activity list to see if there's something taking place in your area. If you don't find anything, contact your national diabetes association and ask if they have anything planned.
  • Support the Unite Behind the Diabetes Circle Campaign, initiated by, by signing the online petition that calls on all diabetes associations to adopt the blue circle as the universal symbol for diabetes awareness.
  • Raise awareness of the blue circle - the global symbol of diabetes. Be creative! You can form a human blue circle with your friends, family or colleagues. Take a picture, send it to us at, and we'll share it with the world.
  • Promote World Diabetes Day on your website or blog by displaying the campaign logo - available in over 70 languages - and promoting the key messages of the campaign.
  • Over 3000 people have taken the Big Blue Test helping get life -saving diabetes supplies to people with diabetes in need. Help reach the goal of 8,000 tests by 14 November by taking the test at
  • Add the blue circle picbadge to your Facebook and/or Twitter profile image to show your support for the diabetes cause.
  • Promote and display our five campaign posters, available for download in 18 languages.

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