World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April. The 2016 theme of the World Health Organization (WHO) is focused on Beating Diabetes. The number of people living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. WHO is marking World Health Day, 7 April, by calling for action on diabetes. In its first “Global report on diabetes”, WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.
WHO: Halt the rise, take the steps needed to beat diabetes! World Health Day 2016
World Health Day 2016: Key messages
Goal of World Health Day 2016: Scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance
1. Increase awareness about the rise in diabetes, and its staggering burden and consequences, in particular in low-and middle-income countries;
2. Trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes. These will include steps to prevent diabetes and diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes; and
3. Launch the first Global report on diabetes, which will describe the burden and consequences of diabetes and advocate for stronger health systems to ensure improved surveillance, enhanced prevention, and more effective management of diabetes.
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World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes