Promoting global awareness of diabetes
World Diabetes Day is held on November 14 of each year and is a global campaign to raise awareness of diabetes. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world.
November 14th is a significant date in the diabetes calendar because it marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the condition through a variety of activities including lectures, leaflet campaigning, exhibitions and conferences. Many famous buildings and monuments all over the world are also lit up in blue. This powerful and striking image helps to spread the message to diabetics and non-diabetics alike.
Famous buildings that have been lit up in the past include the Sears Tower, the London Eye and Brisbane City Hall.
For more information about World Diabetes Day, go to http://www.diabetes.co.uk/World-Diabetes-Day.html
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