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Monday, August 29, 2011

Action Week: Outrage

There are several advocacy efforts happening that I'd like to share with you.  I've decided to devote this week at Candy Hearts as ACTION WEEK.  Check back every day for updates about what's going on and how you can get involved!

So let's get to it....



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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Candy Hearts is especially committed to the first focus area - IMPROVE THE HEALTH OUTCOMES OF PEOPLE WITH DIABETES through the provision of essential care (such as insulin).  You can help this effort by supporting the campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Life For A Child program.

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.

We, the diabetes community at large, are being called upon to step up and ACT NOW.  We need the voices of every single person from every corner of the globe who has ever been affected by any type of diabetes to join forces and create public outcry and RAGE about diabetes.  We will have only ONE chance to dialog with world leaders and Heads of States in September 2011.  IDF has the arguments, evidence and solutions ready, but WE must respond to their call to action if the Summit is going to be successful.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:


1)  TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ATTEND THE UN SUMMIT NEXT MONTH!!!!  It's very easy.  Just click HERE to fill out a postcard.  It will literally take you less than 2 minutes. 

2)  Sign and share the "I AGREE" petition.    

3)  Talk about the burden of diabetes and the risks of complications to anyone and everyone, including your local government leaders.  Be relentless in this effort and do NOT allow diabetes to be viewed as something that can be passed over as something that does not require massive global attention.




Act on Diabetes.  NOW.

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5 comments:

  1. I've had a post about the postcard campaign sitting in my drafts folder for over a month now. Thanks for the reminder to publish it! I think this is a great campaign that a lot of people will do because they make it so easy for us!

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  2. Thanks for these updates and ways to get involved Wendy!

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  3. Wendy, you are such an awesome ADVOCATE for all those with diabetes. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS!!

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  4. I AM NOT WORTHY!!!! You are an amazing advocate. Thank you for getting the word out to all. xo

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  5. Great work spreading the word! I hope our message comes across to those in power...loud and clear! :)

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