Diabetes in the disadvantaged and the vulnerable
The World Diabetes Day 2006 campaign focused on diabetes in disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups. The campaign slogan was: Diabetes Care for Everyone.
The main aims for the 2006 campaign were to:
- Underscore the message that every person with diabetes or at risk of diabetes deserves the best quality of education, prevention and care that is possible.
- Draw public attention to communities and groups that are disadvantaged or vulnerable in terms of their access to appropriate diabetes education prevention and care.
- Increase awareness among the international assistance community of the need to provide greater funding for non-communicable diseases.
- Focus the attention of the public and private sectors on the low levels of investment in diabetes education, prevention and care.
- Persuade governments to tighten the welfare net so that individuals with diabetes do not slip through.
- Raise awareness among people with diabetes or at risk of diabetes of the education, prevention and care available to them.
- Engage networks, groups and individuals working with target communities to join the campaign and promote the campaign messages.
- Share best practice in diabetes education, prevention and care that targets disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.
- Stimulate research that will foster a better understanding of the socio-cultural origins of diabetes among disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in order to inform the development of policies and practices that are culturally relevant to the prevention and management of diabetes.
- Support the global campaign for a UN Resolution on diabetes.
The campaign marked the end of the first phase of the joint IDF-WHO Diabetes Action Now project and coincided with the 19th World Diabetes Congress in South Africa. The theme aimed to raise awareness of disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups in both developed and developing countries that experience difficulties in accessing optimal healthcare because they are outside the healthcare system, or for some reason are less likely to access or are less aware of the services available to them.
Depending on local circumstances, the people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable in terms of access to or the availability of diabetes care will differ. In some countries, it may be a lack of health infrastructure or a problem of geography that is the problem: in others, it may be that insurance does not cover all citizens or that specific groups such as indigenous or migrant populations are less likely to receive optimal diabetes care.
Organizations such as IDF and its members associations, WHO, governments and health and social services have a responsibility to recognize this problem on a global scale and to search for solutions at regional, national and local levels.
The following campaign materials are available for download: