Activity spotlight

World Diabetes Day - 14 November - is less than two months away. Dedicated individuals and associations all over the world are hard at work, planning awareness activities to mark the day and once again putting diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. Below are some of the events that will be taking place in support of the campaign.

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The Albanian Diabetes Association has planned a Diabetes Week on 12-19 November. Events and activities include diabetes awareness broadcasts on local and national TV stations, the 3rd Diabetes Hall in one of the biggest business centers in Tirana with diabetes screenings, lectures and the promotion of healthy food and living; and a mini-marathon and cycling event in one of the main roads of Tirana. On 19 November, the National Conference on Diabetes will be held, the theme of which is "Reflection on the diabetes situation in Albania. Progress and changes since 2005."


In Cordoba, a week of awareness activities will begin on 14 November with a Clown show, followed by blood glucose testing, the screening of educational videos, information sessions in hospital and clinic waiting rooms, courses on healthy cooking and the lighting of several local facilities in blue. In addition, the Asociación de Diabéticos de Argentina (ADA) will be lighting their headquarters in blue and organising a diabetes walk and conference involving the 2011 recipient of the WHO peace prize, Dr Fernandez Perez.


Mount Beauty, Victoria: A free diabetes screening clinic on the main street of our town. Health Professionals will be on hand to give out information & brochures and conduct  Ausrisk screening,  a short non-invasive assessment tool that calculates the risk factors of the likelihood of developing diabetes.Start date: 14/11/2011.


The Bahrain Diabetes Society and the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital will mark World’s Diabetes Day by organising several activities during the month of November. The theme of these activities is “Education & Prevention of Diabetes”. The two highlights will be carnivals that will take place at Dohat Arad in Muharraq and in Durrat Al Bahrain Resort on the 17th & 25th of November respectively. The carnival programmes will include marathons, a health exhibition, blood glucose screenings, children's fun activities and much more. The events will provide information about diabetes and educate the public and people with diabetes on the latest developments in diabetes care and how to avoid its complications.

Other activities will include:

  • Iconic building & monuments lighting in blue
  • Outreach talks and blood glucose screening at various institutions, schools, community clubs & shopping malls
  • Launch of a Diabetes Mobile Unit, donated by the Rotary club
  • Television & Radio educational programs


The Barbados Diabetes Foundation in association with the Diabetes Association of Barbados will be holding their annual Diabetes Global Village on 11-12 November. The event will offer a variety of services aimed primarily at people with the diabetes and their families but is open to all and will provide valuable diabetes awareness on the island.


The Association of National Diabetes Associations and Entities (ANAD), a member association of the International Diabetes Federation, will be holding its annual nationwide diabetes awareness campaign on 6 November. Close to 1,000 towns and cities all over the country will host activities that include walks, screenings for diabetes and its complications, the promotion of healthy foods, writing and drawing competitions for school children, blue lightings and other initiatives aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles. Over 1 million people are expected to be reached by the campaign.

Maceió (AL): "Race Against Diabetes", an initiative developed by Dr. Edson Perrotti aimed at bringing information about diabetes and better quality of life to the region through the promotion of regular physical activity and healthy eating. The project is developed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, nutritionists and fitness trainers. The event is not only a race but also a series of educational lectures held with the distribution of information material. The event begins at 8 am, in St. Silvio Carlos Viana - Ponta Verde Beach. Start date: 06/11/2011


The Association 'Le Train du Coeur' is organising three days of screenings for diabetes and its complications in the city of Douala on 9-11 November. Workshops on diabetes education, a healthy diet and the importance of physical activity in the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease will also take place. On 14 November, the association will coordinate an awareness walk with over 500 participants expected.

Dominican Republic

The Fundación Dominicana de Endocrinología y Diabetes (FUNDOMED) will be organising its 4th course aimed at providing general practitioners and other health professionals with the necessary information and tools to effectively diagnose and manage people with diabetes. The courses target health professionals from all over the country and look to ensure that diabetes education reaches the majority of the country's medical community.


The capital Quito will be the scene of a special concert for people with diabetes entitled "A Light that Leaves Traces" on 20 November. The event will mark the end of the "Love your Feet" awareness campaign and involve artists from around the country.

El Salvador

The town of Ilopango will see World Diabetes Day marked with a variety of awareness activities that include a breakfast meeting for 500 people with diabetes and their families, a seminar for health professionals, the screening of educational videos in a local hospital and the formation of a human blue circle in the town park.


Saint Quentin - Annual meeting, open to the general public, with the main objective of discussing diabetes. Organised by a health care association including diabetologist, pharmacist, dietician, nurse, dentist, ophtalmologist, biologist and physical trainer.


In Biberach and Ingelheim, IDF partner Boehringer Ingelheim is organising a variety of activities in their offices to mark World Diabetes Day:

  • A special diabetes-friendly menu will be served in the canteen every day during the week of 14 November. The canteens will also feature fruit juice producing exercise bikes for employees to use and get active.
  • Diabetes nurses will offer blood glucose tests in the canteen on 9-10 November.
  • Employees will dress in blue to mark Blue Friday on 11 November.
  • On 14 November, a knowledge hour on diabetes, prevention and exercise will be organised involving Members of the Board and specialists. At 15:00 a "Run for Diabetes" will be held to support the IDF Life for a Child Programme. Participants will run or walk 3km through the premises in Ingelheim. 
  • A quiz will be held from November 7 to 14, with prizes awarded at the end of the knowledge hour on World Diabetes Day.



For World Diabetes Day, the Hellenic National Center for the Research, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus and Its Complications (H.N.D.C.) carried out the following activities in Athens, Greece:
  • Production of a special TV and radio social message (spot), containing information and instructions regarding diabetes mellitus and its prevention.The spot was broadcast through all national TV and radio stations from November 14 until December 14.
  • A press conference on November 7 announcing new epidemiology data regarding diabetes and the H.N.D.C.actions for 2011.
  • A special seminar for people with diabetes and the general public, entitled “Diabetes: The Modern Galloping Epidemic”, on November 13in collaboration with the Athens Rotary Club (A.R.C.).
  • Production of a special information leaflet on diabetes, its prevention and treatment.

Ivory Coast

In Abidjan, the headquarters of the Diabetes and Obesity Association of the Ivory Coast will be hosting a diabetes week on 7-12 November. Activities will include free check-ups for diabetes and its complications, the screening of awareness videos, diabetes education sessions for specialised nurses and cooking demonstrations by a dietician.


HelpAge International in collaboration with, among others, the Diabetic Association of Kyrgyzstan, will be organising a large World Diabetes Day celebration in the country's capital Bishkek. Activities will include public screenings for diabetes and its complications throughout the capital, an awareness walk that will end at the National Parliament and a diabetes awareness seminar involving people with diabetes, health professionals and other representatives of the scientific community. One of the highlights of the celebrations will be the lighting in blue of the prominent Manas Statue in the centre of Bishkek.


Several diabetes-related associations and organisations have joined together to organise the 'National Week for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes' in the capital Tegucigalpa on 11-18 November. Activities during the week will include a physical activity in a local park during and after which participants will have their blood glucose measured, an art mural competition on the theme of 'prevention and treatment of diabetes', human blue circles and seminars for people with diabetes and health professionals. The week will close with a 'Living with Diabetes' festival that will consist of an awareness walk, a diabetes exhibition and activities aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles.


In Csetény, the Ármin Vámbéry Primary School will be decorating its building with blue circles and balloons and staff and children will be dressing in blue for diabetes. Students will get their blood glucose tested and all children will receive blue bracelets. Other activities include talks and workshops about diabetes and its complications with puzzles, quizzes and boardgames, and an exercise session with a Hungarian fitness celebrity.


Mombasa: One week advocacy via media and screening activities building momentum into an final afternoon funfair, education, screening culminating in the blue lighting of the Tusks monument in Mombasa on the eve of World Diabetes Day. Start date: 07/11/2011; End date: 13/11/2011.



Employees of IDF partners Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly joined forces in the ‘Blue Hope Tree’ initiative.  Participants wrote down on blue circle ringed papers their wishes and hopes for overcoming and managing diabetes and hung them on the Blue Hope Tree.  The activity received wide coverage in the Korean press , helping to increase awareness of diabetes.


Three young adventure-seekers from Bahrain will be raising diabetes awareness and supporting World Diabetes Day by taking part in "The Rickshaw Run" charity race, a 3500km journey from Shillong, Meghalaya to Jaisalmar, Rajasthan taking place in September. The Blue Camels, as they have called themselves, will join 40 other teams in attempting to complete the course using only a rickshaw and their common sense. The three will be the first representatives of an Arab state to take part in the event and hope to strengthen diabetes awareness between the country with the highest number of people with diabetes (India) and the region with the highest prevalence of the disease (the Arab Gulf states).

Hyderabad - DEAR (Diabetes Education Awareness Reach ) Exhibition for people with diabetes, general public, professionals on 13 November in association with Rotary Club of Hyderabad central(3150). There will also be 5K awareness run on 14 November at Elbit Medical Diagnostics Ltd. Banjara Hills, with the theme ACT NOW! PREVENT DIABETES.

In Kolkata, the West Bengal Chapter of the Royal Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) will be holding a mass walkathon on 14 November, starting at the entrance of the Victoria Memorial Hall.

The HEAL Foundation is supporting the country's fight against the rising diabetes epidemic by attempting to form the Tallest & Biggest Virtual Wall against Diabetes in India on Facebook. Show your support.


This year, SSL Diabetes Care Centre will attempt to create a Human Blue Circle to mark World Diabetes Day 2011. We hope to gather the local community to support people with diabetes and convey the importance of awareness, prevention and control of diabetes. Our event will begin with a warm-up session followed by the formation of the Circle. Lots of free gifts will be given out such as brown rice, artificial sweetner, low fat milk packets, nutritious drinks and light refreshments. There will also be an educational corner for participants to know more about diabetes and HAVE FUN!

The highlight of activities organised by the Sunway Medical Centre will be the creation of their very own Malaysian World Diabetes logo as a traditional Batik. This will be painted on 14 November by people with diabetes treated at the centre and presented to the Malaysian Diabetes Association at a public forum on 19 November. 


Raul Barba Alhadro from Tijuana will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest lecture ever delivered, by speaking for 125 hours on diabetes for World Diabetes Day. Starting on 9 November, Raul aims to break the record of 121 hours set by Errol Muzawazi from Poland in 2009. On 14 November, Raul will talk exclusively about World Diabetes Day. Show your support for his attempt.

The city of Victoria Tamaulipas will see a variety of activities organised by the association 'Aprendiendo a Vivir con Diabetes' (Learning to Live with Diabetes) on 13 November as part of their 'Let's Light the Sky with Hope' campaign. Activities include a walk with blue balloons featuring the World Diabetes Day logo, blood glucose checks and education sessions for medical students, primary and secondary school students and boy scouts.


Olabisi Onabajo University in Ibadan, Oyo State is organising an essay competition for secondary school students to create awareness on the prevention of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases in the country. Winners will be announced on World Diabetes Day and presented with awards at the diabetes walk that will be held in the city on the day. Around 200 children from 20 schools will join other members of the public for the health walk, which will also include calisthenics exercises organised in the Liberty Stadium.

Ogun State: The Talabi Diabetes Centre, a non-governmental organisation promoting diabetes prevention at the Community level and providing diabetes care at  the grassroots level in primary health care facility settings, is collaborating with the Ogun  State  Chapter  of the Diabetes  Association of Nigeria in celebrating the WDD 2011. The collaboration will hold community-wide awareness campaigns with screening and distribution of educational materials on diabetes in major markets of Ogun State in Western Nigeria. Necessary information will be spread on recognition of  diabetes, identification of persons with obvious risk factors for the disease and the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviours.

A schools children debate/quiz aimed at creating awareness and imparting knowledge of diabetes which could be communicated to family members at home will be held along with a public lecture focusing on the theme of WDD 2011. A programme to "WALK  DIABETES  OUT" will feature participation by persons with diabetes and their relatives inviting members of the public to join them in physical exercises taking place at a central point in Abeokuta, the Capital City of the State. The WDD logo,flags and posters will be prominently displayed. Start date: 19/10/2011 End date: 17/11/2011.


The Diabetes Centre of Akhuwat Health Services has launched an awareness campaign for World Diabetes Day that includes providing diabetes education for over 400 people with diabetes, lectures by leading diabetologists and an educational awareness programme for students, parents and staff of several schools, colleges and universities in the area. Over 3,000 students have been targeted by the programme. The Centre’s campaign will end on 14 November.

Puerto Rico

November is Diabetes Month and the Puertorican Diabetes Association (Asociación Puertorriqueña de Diabetes) will be holding a variety of awareness activities to put diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. The association's 'Bring Diabetes to Light' campaign will include a 5km walk/run in a park in San Juan, health screenings, exercise sessions, activities for children and a Diabetes information centre in one of the country's and region's largest shopping malls. The centre will provide information about diabetes prevention and control and dieticians and certified diabetes educators will be on hand to talk to visitors.


In Belgrade, the Diabetes Association of Serbia is organising a variety of awareness events that include a conference in Belgrade City Hall in collaboration with the Serbian Ministry of Health, a run involving people with diabetes and professional runners around the Ada Belgrade Lake to promote physical activity, and an event for children and young people with type 1 diabetes during which American professional basketball player Adam Morrison will promote the message that diabetes should not stop you from achieving your dreams.

Saudi Arabia

Awareness celebrations will be held in shopping malls throughout the country in November, consisting of diabetes screenings, the distribution of essential diabetes supplies for people with diabetes to effectively manage their condition, competitions for children aimed at promoting the diabetes blue circle logo and general diabetes awareness for the wider community.

South Africa

Changing Diabetes Concert: In 2010, South African Kwaito star, Howza (Tshepo Mosese) launched a music video for his song “I choose to live” – about the impact of Diabetes on the world and the importance of prevention. First performed in Johannesburg at the Diabetes Leadership Forum Africa 2010, “I choose to live” received such an immense response that Novo Nordisk decided to support Howza and drive the message forward. Building on the concept of the song and how far reaching it was, Novo Nordisk will be extending the campaign to a Changing Diabetes Concert in 2011.The objective of which is to:

  • Educate and create diabetes awareness in a fun and entertaining way, as we are aiming for a younger audience
  • Spread the diabetes messages to a mass audience in one event
  • Align Novo Nordisk to diabetes
  • Entrench Changing Diabetes in the minds of South Africa
  • Promote healthy lifestyles
  • Mark World Diabetes Day (the official date is 14 November)

The concert, a first of its kind in South Africa for diabetes, is aimed at the Gauteng audience, but will be supported by a national PR campaign. Location: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, Gauteng Start date: 11/05/2011 End date: 11/05/2011. Website:


ONCE - the National Organisation for People with Visual Impairment - are issuing a special World Diabetes Day lottery ticket for the draw that will take place on Saturday 29 October. Five million tickets will be printed with the World Diabetes Day logo and sold throughout the country to raise diabetes awareness and support the events and activities organized by local diabetes associations and federations for 14 November.


In Madrid, IDF partner Boehringer Ingelheim collaborated with medical societies and patient associations to celebrate World Diabetes Day.  Information booths were set up at popular markets, nutritional recommendations were made available and a high profile press conference was very successful in growing awareness of diabetes.


Manzini and Mbabane: On 14 November, the Integrated Diabetes Prevention and Care Programme (IDIAP) will organize an awareness campaign with  street parades in Manzini and Mbabane, attended by people with diabetes, school children, the general public and other volunteers. There will be also free blood glucose, BMI and blood pressure screening in the main Mall of Manzini (Bhunu Mall). IDIAP will also distribute lealflets on diabetes education at the main traffic lights, and public places (banks, revenue offices, hospitals etc.). Start date: 14/11/2011.


World Diabetes Day will be celebrated by local diabetes associations in over 20 towns and cities throughout the country. Staff and volunteers will be out in the streets and squares to inform the general public about diabetes and also offer blood glucose tests. Seminars and lectures will also be organised and several monuments and buildings will light in blue for diabetes.


Zurich: Honey – a newly established initiative of the Zurich Diabetes Foundation – will organize information sessions on diabetes in the main building of the University of Zurich. In cooperation with the department of Endocrinology and Diabetology of the University Hospital and the university’s association of medical students, we will inform the students about causes, symptoms, treatment and what it means to live with diabetes in everyday life. From 10am to 3pm, diabetes professionals will inform the students at three information booths and will give them the opportunity to interactively engage with the subject. They can measure their blood glucose level for free, find out what it means to eat and live healthily, and see what exciting new technologies (insulin pumps) exist in order to make life easier for people with diabetes. Start date: 14/11/2011. Website:


The Diabetes Association of Uruguay raised diabetes awareness during the Football World Cup qualifying match between Uruguay and Chile that took place on 11 November in the Centenario Stadium. A special World Diabetes Day message was provided by Uruguay team manager Oscar Washington Tabárez and will be broadcast on a large LED screen in the centre of Montevideo.


The College of Marin County in Kentfield California will be the setting for Bay Area Diabetes Day 2011, an event aimed at creating diabetes awareness and linking the local community to programmes and resources available. The event will take place on 13 November and will include speeches by leading diabetes advocates, a health fair with screenings for diabetes and its complications, health and disease prevention education and consultations, healthy lifestyle change promotion with yoga and Zumba workshops, affordable nutritious food options, and an Awareness Walk/Run/Roll. To also mark the day, the internationally recognized Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center will light in blue for diabetes.

Connect with someone else touched by diabetes somewhere else in the world! Create a postcard using the blue circle - the global symbol of diabetes - and all the creativity you can fit on a piece of 3.5"x5" cardstock. When you email your name and address, you will receive a name and address.  Send the postcard you create, and you will receive a postcard!  Find out more.

4th Annual University of Florida Pediatric Endocrinology World Diabetes Day “BLUE CIRCLE” Photo Contest: People with diabetes, families, friends, healthcare professionals, educators, advocates… This is your chance to be creative & promote diabetes awareness. Blue circles are the global symbol associated with diabetes. So, take a picture that has one or more blue circles in it and become a diabetes advocate. For the blue circle you can wear it, paint it, make it, form it, pose next to it, etc. Single person or group shots are welcome. Do the photo as a family event or have an entire class participate at school. Have fun with your creation! Sponsored by the University of Florida: Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Research Program Contest opened 03/10/11 through 11/11/11. Winners will be announced on World Diabetes Day. Email Shannon Lyles: [email protected] for an entry form.

In El Paso, Texas: the Binational Diabetes Committee has developed the 'Go Blue on the Border Campaign' - [insert link] - aimed at getting people to wear blue on 14 November and promote the following messages: 'Diabetes is serious' 'Diabetes can be prevented and controlled' 'The time is now for a healthy lifestyle'.

 Staff and children at the Odessa Upper Elementary School in Odessa, Missouri, USA will be wearing blue on 14 November to promote diabetes awareness and to stress the importance of healthy behaviour. This year, the school has adopted the 'Active and Healthy Living' programme with students learning how enjoyable and fun it is to be active and eat healthy foods.


The National Institute of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders is organising an advocacy and awareness campaign in Ninh Binh province that involves people with diabetes, diabetes specialists, public health planners, high school and college students and media. Activities include diabetes screening, education on the risk factors and prevention of diabetes, joining hands against diabetes and walking on the street to promote lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes.