Focus on diabetes education for World Diabetes Day (WDD)

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is on Monday 14th November. We’re excited to share some information with you from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) about how you can get involved and raise awareness.

WDD campaign 2022

The campaign activities focus on highlighting the need for better access to quality diabetes education for people living with diabetes and for healthcare professionals.

To highlight this WDD 2022 focus on access to diabetes education, the IDF School of Diabetes has developed a new online education platform to help people with diabetes and those who care for them to make informed decisions about their condition. Understanding the condition is the first step towards managing and preventing it.

Free interactive courses

The Understanding Diabetes platform offers 2 free short interactive courses:

The first course – An Introduction to Diabetes – explains how the condition develops in the body, describes the main types and explores the warning signs, risk factors and complications. It takes 15 minutes.

The second course – The basics of blood glucose control – looks at the importance of keeping blood glucose levels in the target range as much as possible to help prevent or delay long-term complications of diabetes. It takes 20 minutes.

Healthcare professionals can access free and accredited online courses to help keep up-to-date with various aspects of diabetes management and treatment here: Accredited premium courses.

Theme for WDD 2022

This year’s theme for World Diabetes Day is Education to protect tomorrow.

  • Millions of people with diabetes around the world do not have access to diabetes care.
  • People with diabetes require ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications.

Watch the video below to find out more:

Access to diabetes care: If not now, when?

How to get involved:

Let’s spread the word about diabetes in November and beyond!

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is a global occasion on which people with diabetes, health professionals, diabetes advocates, media, the general public and government organisations unite to raise awareness of diabetes. Your participation – both in the build-up to and following 14 November – is key to the success of the campaign. We are excited for you to take part !

What activities are you planning?

Whatever you are planning to spread the word about diabetes in November, please share the details and images with us through our online platform. The more information we receive, the more we can promote the activities of the global diabetes community through our online channels.

How would you describe your feelings about diabetes?

What 5 words describe your feelings, positive or negative, about diabetes?

If you have diabetes or care for someone who does, we invite you to share them with us through the link below. The words received will be used to generate word clouds that will be promoted on our channels in November and during the IDF World Diabetes Congress 2022.

The Blue Circle selfie

The Blue Circle is the universal symbol for diabetes. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the rising number of people affected by diabetes. But the symbol means nothing to many people. Help us change that!

The Blue Circle selfie app has been developed to promote the blue circle in a fun and engaging way. It is available for iOS and Android phones and tablets.

Take a selfie or a group picture, position the blue circle around your face or anywhere on the picture and share it on social media (#WDD) with a personal message.

Complete the WDD 2022 survey on access to diabetes education.

IDF has launched a global survey to explore the levels of access that healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes have to diabetes education. 

If you are a healthcare professional or a person living with diabetes, we invite you to spare 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey. Your answers will help inform WDD 2022 activities and highlight the importance of accessible and quality diabetes education to protect tomorrow.

This research is being conducted anonymously by IDF’s independent research partner, Arlington Research.

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