Let us all celebrate the first United Nations observed World Diabetes Day (WDD) on November 14, 2007.
The General Assembly of the United Nations passed a landmark Resolution last December 20, 2006 recognizing diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease. World Diabetes Day as a United Nations Day is to be observed every year starting in 2007.
The campaign is being led by International Diabetes Federation. The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day campaign is Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. It can strike children at any age, including pre-school children and even toddlers.
There are over 200 events registered to raise awareness of diabetes. One wouldn’t want to miss the WDD Monument Challenge. More than 100 monuments around the world like the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the London Eye in UK, and the Empire State Building in New York, USA will light up in blue as ‘Beacons of Hope’ for the 246 million people living with diabetes worldwide. Another way of marking WDD 2007 is the 246-Step Walk. This event would consider the burden of diabetes and remind healthcare policy and decision makers worldwide that we have a shared responsibility to improve the lives of people living with diabetes everywhere.
In the Philippines, there are three registered events. First is the Go Bike, Pilipinas! which will be simultaneously held on November 11 from 6 to 11 am, in the cities of Manila, Bacolod, and Cagayan De Oro. The second affair “GIMIK DIABETES” will also be on November 11 at SMX Convention Center (Mall of Asia, Pasay City). The last one will be held on WDD itself. This is the Global Diabetes Walk in Iloilo City.
PT/ OT Continuing Education on Diabetes.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has a continuing education course on diabetes titled “Understanding Type 2 Diabetes: An Introduction” by Lisa L Culver, PT, DPT, MBA.
TherapyCEU.com, a division of Wild Iris Medical Education, also has an accredited course on Type 2 Diabetes for physical and occupational therapists.
ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners has featured an article by Sandy Keefe, MSN, RN. “Special Diabetes Education” enlightens us on how many children with developmental disabilities can learn to manage their diabetes well.
And lastly, here is a quote from WDD:
To do nothing in the face of the fast-growing pandemic is not an option.