The Georgian Diabetes Association has been celebrating World Diabetes Day (WDD) since 1992 and has successfully made diabetes a top-of-mind disease in the country.
On the occasion of the 2019 WDD, the Georgian Association organised an event in the King Tamar Hall of the Tbilisi City Hall, under the slogan “We all are one big family, loving, supporting, and caring for each other”.
Participants included children, adolescents, and adults living with diabetes as well as their families, members of the Health Committee of the Tbilisi Municipality, representatives of the Ministry of Health of Georgia, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), the Georgian Red Cross Society and other NGOs working in the field of diabetes and/or other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The event included speeches, discussions, folk dances (Kids’ Falk Dance Troup Rustaveli) as well as prizes and awards for children with the best glycemic management, all in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Data from the latest edition of the 9th Edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas was presented for the first time and attracted much interest. Positive feedback was received from the Head of the Health Committee of the Tbilisi Municipality, the Deputy Minister of Health of Georgia, and the Head of the NCDC.
The TV tower was lit in blue during the evening, while an exhibition of drawings of children with diabetes and a show was organised by the Georgia Society of Pediatric Endocrinologists at the Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic. A Diabetes Walk was also organised by the Welfare Foundation-Georgia. The walk ended in front of the Municipality building, with the participants joining the WDD event.