World Diabetes Day

Boehringer Ingelheim Diabetes Awareness Campaign, 07–14 November 2016
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World Diabetes Day.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated annually on November 14. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to:

  • Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year
  • Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue

The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

The theme of World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2016 will be ‘Eyes on diabetes’.

The year’s activities and materials will focus on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications

  • Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications.
  • Screening for diabetes complications is an essential part of managing all types of diabetes.

The IDF Diabetes Atlas, Seventh Edition 2015 provides the latest figures, information and projections on the current and future magnitude of the diabetes epidemic.

  • Approximately 415 million adults have diabetes; by 2040 this will rise to 642 million
  • The proportion of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in most countries
  • 75% of adults with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries
  • The greatest number of people with diabetes are between 40 and 59 years of age
  • 1 in 2 (46%) people with diabetes are undiagnosed
  • Diabetes caused 5 million deaths in 2015; every six seconds a person dies from diabetes
  • Diabetes caused at least USD 673 billion dollars in health expenditure in 2015 - 12% of total spending on adults
  • More than 542,000 children live with type 1 diabetes in 2015
  • More than 20.9 million live births were affected by diabetes during pregnancy in 2015 - 1 in 7 births

Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to be an official partner of the IDF and WDD
We are excited to participate in WDD again this year, showing our commitment to diabetes care and prevention, and raising awareness within the company of this important therapeutic area.

07–14 November is Diabetes Awareness Campaign at Boehringer Ingelheim
BI Corporate will be organizing a range of activities during the week, and we warmly invite all OPUs to play their part and celebrate WDD with us.

What will you do for WDD?
This site has ideas to inspire you, such as organizing a healthy breakfast, holding a Dress in Blue Friday, participating in a Run for Diabetes or illuminating a building in blue. Use the activities keypad above to see what is available and to download the WDD Campaign Book, as a great starting point.

However you choose to celebrate WDD, make sure to involve your PR colleagues in your events. If you have any questions, please contact either Sabrina Theben-Löffel at Corporate Diabetes Marketing or Petra Kienle at Corporate Communications.


What is the IDF?
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organisation of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. IDF is a diverse and inclusive multi-cultural network of national diabetes associations and an authoritative global voice in non-communicable diseases. The Federations activities aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. IDF is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
The blue circle logo
The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic. Find out more
Useful links
International Diabetes FederationWorld Diabetes DayIDF Life for a Child