14 November 2016 marks World Diabetes Day. This year's theme, "Eyes on Diabetes", is a reminder that diabetes is among the leading causes of blindness and visual impairment. WHO calls on governments, health professionals, civil society, researchers - all of us - to keep our "Eyes on Diabetes" and make a contribution towards improving the outcomes for people living with the disease.
The first WHO Global report on diabetes demonstrates that the number of adults living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults. Factors driving this dramatic rise, which is largely on account of type 2 diabetes, include overweight and obesity. The new report calls upon governments to ensure that people are able to make healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes.
World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes
The main goals of the World Health Day 2016 campaign are to increase awareness about the rise in diabetes, and its staggering burden and consequences, in particular in low- and middle-income countries; and to trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes.
Feature story: Surviving the war to fight diabetes as a refugee
Hammad Faleh, 32, fled Syrian Arab Republic with his wife and 3 children in 2012 to escape the horrors of war. Many Syrian refugees have been forced to leave their homes and seek sanctuary in Jordan. He survived the war but now battles a chronic disease, diabetes, in a new country. Without access to medication, Hammad could die.
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