This CALL TO ACTION focuses on 3 areas:
1) IMPROVE health outcomes of people with diabetes.
2) PREVENT the development of type 2 diabetes.
3) STOP discrimination against people with diabetes.
In September, 2011 the diabetes community will have a ONCE IN A GENERATION opportunity to appeal our case in front of worldwide leaders during the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD's.) before the opening of the main UN General Assembly Session. The UN Summit on NCD's has the potential to secure commitment from Heads of Government for a coordinated global response to NCD's, substantially increase financial resources, and save millions of people from premature death and debilitating health complications. (NCD's include the following: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease.)
For a tangible reference, please consider that The HIV/AIDS Special Session held in 2001 resulted in a Heads of State Declaration of Commitment that paved the way for an urgent international response. It also lead the way to a Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. It was, most definitely, a turning point in the epidemic.
1 person dies from diabetes EVERY 8 seconds.
"No country is immune to diabetes. No country has all the answers to this common enemy. No country has yet managed to reverse the rising prevalence. Defeating diabetes will take every ounce of commitment and ingenuity that we can summon." Jean Claude Mbanya, IDF President