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World Diabetes Day 2011 - 14 November

DIABETES EDUCATION AND PREVENTION

Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013. The campaign calls on all those responsible for diabetes care to understand diabetes and take control.

For people with diabetes, this is a message about empowerment through education. For governments, it is a call to implement effective strategies and policies for the prevention and management of diabetes to safeguard the health of their citizens with and at risk of diabetes. For healthcare professionals, it is a call to improve knowledge so that evidence-based recommendations are put into practice. For the general public, it is a call to understand the serious impact of diabetes and know, where possible, how to avoid or delay diabetes and its complications. The key messages of the campaign are:

• Know the diabetes risks and know the warning signs
• Know how to respond to diabetes and who to turn to
• Know how to manage diabetes and take control

Campaign Objectives

The objectives for the 2009-2013 campaign were informed by the work of the Federation’s Consultative Section on Education and its Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention. The objectives were further informed by the World Health Organization’s 2008-2013 Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases. This document is available online in English at www.who.int/nmh/en.

The campaign goals are to:

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Encourage governments to implement and strengthen policies for the prevention and control of diabetes and its complications.

Disseminate tools to support national and local initiatives for the prevention and management of diabetes and its complications.

Illustrate the importance of evidence-based education in the prevention and management of diabetes and its complications.

Raise awareness of the warning signs of diabetes and promote action to encourage early diagnosis.

Raise awareness of and promote action to reduce the main modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

Raise awareness and promote action to prevent or delay the complications of diabetes.
More information: www.worlddiabetesday.org
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