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A century after its discovery, insulin and other fundamental components of diabetes care remain beyond the reach of many who need them. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Diabetes Compact and United Nations Member States adopted a Resolution that calls for urgent coordinated global action to tackle diabetes.

These are significant milestones, but now words must be turned into action.

United, the global diabetes community has the numbers, the influence and the determination to bring about meaningful change.

This World Diabetes Day, the International Diabetes Federation calls on national governments to:

  1. Provide the best possible care for people living with diabetes, ensuring continued and affordable access to all the diabetes essential medicines on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (notably insulin) and associated devices as a minimum.
  2. Develop policies to improve type 2 diabetes prevention, especially among young people.
  3. Improve diabetes screening to ensure timely diagnosis and prevent diabetes-related complications.
  4. Create and implement mechanisms to engage people living with diabetes meaningfully throughout the development of public policies related to the condition.

5 reasons to support our call to action:

  1. The number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, reaching over 460 million. Half are undiagnosed.
  2. 3 in 4 people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries.
  3. More than 70 million people with diabetes need insulin to manage their condition.
  4. Over 370 million adults are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  5. Over 4 million deaths are attributed to diabetes each year.
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