Rotary Action Group for Diabetes (RAGD) supports the World Diabetes Day initiative and encourage everyone to elevate diabetes, its perils and the Global Diabetes Epidemic in their circle of influence on 14-November.
RAGD has developed Areas of Focus to address the Diabetes Public Health Crisis. Each estimate by countries, NGO’s like IDF or WHO, of people with diabetes show ever increasing numbers. This is not sustainable from the health or economic point of view. Diabetes demands ever increasing use of limited medical resources and causes major limitation for health of individuals and society.
Two major organizations have decided that a course of action seems much needed. The epidemic of diabetes continues unabated and doing nothing remains a terrible choice. The International Diabetes Federation and the Rotary Action Group for Diabetes want you to promote the same good risk test that are in multiple language choices:
Those wishing to implement a program should look into The World Diabetes Day Toolkit. You can easily present a program and have attendees take the diabetes risk test. At the Hamburg Convention many delegates were astounded to learn of their risk. Diabetes is just that pervasive and unappreciated.
You can protect your family by taking the diabetes risk test. If one is overweight, have heart, blood pressure or other chronic conditions, they should take the diabetes risk test. Learning that one is at risk can help prevent diabetes.
Rotarians, this special day designated by the UN, 14-November, put the information and links in your newsletter and help your fellow Rotarians and others in your community change their future to one without diabetes.
“World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.”
– International Diabetes Federation