About World Diabetes Day 2024

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was celebrated in 1991 for the first time by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the rising pandemic about the major health problem of diabetes. World Diabetes Day WDD was adopted, bypassing a resolution as United Nations Day in 2006 with United Nations Resolution 61/225. Every year, on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with his colleague Charles Best in 1922.

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, reaching a target audience of over 1 billion people in 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of high importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes strongly in the public and political spotlight. WDD

WDDThe World Diabetes Day campaign aims to be the following:

  • Platform to engage IDF advocacy efforts throughout the Globe in the year.
  • Global driver to promote the importance of coordinated and concerted actions through Government, civil society, communities, and individuals confronting diabetes as a critical global health issue.

Why is 14 November World Diabetes Day?

World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on 14 November, which marks the birth of Sir Frederick Banting, the discoverer of insulin. This treatment has saved many lives around the world. Almost 100 years ago, Frederick Banting and John McLeod jointly won a Nobel Peace Prize for their discovery.

Banting and Best

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What is the theme for World Diabetes Day 2024?

This year’s theme for World Diabetes Day is ‘Diabetes and Well-being.

This theme centers on individual health and stresses the need for communities to combat this global issue.



World Diabetes Day 2024-26 theme is Diabetes and Well-being.

Over the next three years, the World Diabetes Day (WDD) awareness campaign highlights on:  

  • Physical well-being: The benefits of physical activity, a healthy lifestyle, and a healthy diet in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and managing different types of diabetes and adverse complications.
  • Societal well-being: highlighting the societal restriction on people living with diabetes with a healthy and Joyful life in the present state
  • Mental well-being: raising awareness on the barriers to stress and anxiety that living with a chronic condition like diabetes can bring and highlighting the importance of highlighting the mental health aspects as part of a person with diabetes management, care, and treatment plan.

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23

was access to diabetes care. In 2023, the campaign focused on the importance of knowing your risk of type 2 diabetes to support delay or prevent the condition, highlighting the impact of diabetes-related complications, and having access to the right information and care to ensure timely treatment and management.

      Diabetes around the Globe in 2021:

537 million adults (20-79 years) are living with diabetes – 1 in 10; the number is predicted to rise to 643 million by 2030 and 783 million by 2045.
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Over 3 in 4 adults with diabetes live in LMIC  low- and middle-income countries.
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Diabetes is responsible for 6.7 million deaths in 2021;  1 every 5 seconds.
Diabetes caused at least USD 966 billion in health expenditures, a 316% increase over the last 15 years.
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541 million adults have prediabetes-impaired glucose Tolerance (IGT), which puts them at high risk of type 2 diabetes.


The theme for World Diabetes Day WDD 2021-23 was access to diabetes care.

In 2023, the campaign focused on the Significance of knowing the risk of type 2 DM to support delay or prevent the condition, raised the impact of diabetes complications, and the Significance of access to the right knowledge and support care to ensure timely treatment and management.

1 in 10 adults worldwide has diabetes, and more than 90% have type 2 DM, and nearly half are not diagnosed till now.

Adopting healthy sustaining habits may delay or reduce type 2 DM and its adverse effects. When not detected and managed early, diabetes can lead to serious and life-threatening adverse complications.

  • For people at risk of type 2 diabetes, it is important to support prevention, early diagnosis, and timely treatment.

  For people living with diabetes, awareness and access to the correct information and best available medicines and tools to support self-care is vital to delay or prevent complications.

  • Healthcare professionals need access to sufficient training and resources to detect complications early and provide the best possible care.

Our slogan for the 2023 campaign is: Know INDIVIDUAL risk, Know PERSON response.

An estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, more than 108 million in 1980. The prevalence of TYPE 2DM has increased nearly Twice since 1980, from 4.7% to 8.5% in the 20-79-year-old adult population, reflecting an increase in Many modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors such as being overweight or obese or physical activity. Over the last decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low—and middle-income countries rather than in high-income countries.

Diabetes is a major cause of complications: heart attacks, blindness, kidney failure, heart failure, stroke, and lower limb gangrene. A healthy diet with a low carbohydrate diet rich in micronutrients, physical activity, and tobacco non-use can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can be managed, and its adverse effects can be reduced or postponed with medication, regular screening, and treatment for complications.

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), resolution 61/225, designated 14 November as World Diabetes Day. The appeal recognized “the dire need for multilateral efforts to promote and raise people’s health and provide access to treatment, healthcare support, and education.”

The UN resolution also encourages Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment, and care of diabetes in line with the sustainable development of their healthcare systems.

Access to diabetes care

The theme for World Diabetes Day WDD (2021-23) was access to diabetes care.

Since 100 years of the discovery of insulin, millions of people with diabetes in the world cannot access the care they need because of various constraints. People with diabetes require care and support resources to manage their condition and avoid complications.

The 100th anniversary of insulin’s discovery presents a unique opportunity to bring about positive modifications for the approximately 460 million people affected by diabetes and the millions more at future risk. The United Global Community and the global diabetes community can influence people’s determination to bring about meaningful change. We need to take on the challenges and move forward.


Diabetes is a chronic Metabolic NCD caused mainly by the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the body’s inability to effectively use it, leading to high glucose concentrations in the blood (hyperglycemia).

A lack of insulin production denotes Type1 diabetes (insulin-dependent or childhood-onset diabetes IDDM).

Type 2 diabetes OR (formerly called non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes) is caused by the body’s less-effective use of insulin, which may be due to insulin resistance, which often is due to excess body-weight physical inactivity, or both.

Gestational diabetes is hyperglycemia that is usually recognized during pregnancy.

Our slogan for the 2023 campaign is: Know INDIVIDUAL risk, Know ONE’s response.

Learn PERSON risk of type 2 diabetes through IDF’s online risk assessment tool.


You can learn about Global Diabetes Walk at https://www.worlddiabetesfoundation.org/what-we-do/global-diabetes-walk/


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