World Diabetes Day 2023: Theme, Significance, History, Facts

World Diabetes Day is on 14th November 2023. The theme of this year’s World Diabetes day is “Access to Diabetes Care”. This Day is an annual observance that falls on November 14 and is celebrated all across the globe. The day was launched in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization (WHO) to draw attention to the rapid rise of diabetes around the world. WDD was adopted by United Nations in 2006 and has become a day of global observance ever since. 14 November was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. The next World Diabetes Day is going to be observed soon on November 14, 2023.

World Diabetes Day 2023 Upcoming Events

Here you can check the schedule for celebration of World Diabetes day:

World Diabetes Day 2023November 14, 2023Tuesday
World Diabetes Day 2024November 14, 2024Thursday
World Diabetes Day 2025November 14, 2025Friday
World Diabetes Day 2026November 14, 2026Saturday
World Diabetes Day 2027November 14, 2027Sunday

World Diabetes Day 2023 Overview

World Diabetes Day is one of the special days observed in November month. Check below the quick overview of the day:

EventWorld Diabetes Day 2023
DateNovember 14, 2023
Declared byInternational Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organization (WHO)
Observed byWorldwide
Purpose of celebrationTo draw worldwide attention of the people towards the rapid rise in cases of diabetes.

Significance of World Diabetes Day 2023

World Diabetes Day acts as an awareness campaign that reaches a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. It is also a platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year and global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue. The day is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the UN Resolution on diabetes was passed. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness that signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

History of World Diabetes Day Observation

World Diabetes Day was established by International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in 1991. In response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes, it was considered important to observe a day dedicated solely to this disease. It became an official United Nations Day in 2006 when the resolution 61/225 was passed. The resolution designating 14 November as World Diabetes Day and recognized “the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health, and provide access to treatment and health-care education.” Through the resolution, Member States are also encouraged to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes. 

World Diabetes Day 2023 Theme

This World Diabetes Day,  policymakers are called to increase access to diabetes education and help improve the lives of people living with diabetes. With the theme Access to Diabetes Care, the day will gather focus on millions of people with diabetes who do not have access to diabetes care. Governments are also urged to increase investment in diabetes care and prevention. More medicine, technologies, support and care is required for diabetes patients that there is already available.

Take this special day as an opportunity to learn more about diabetes, it’s prevention and treatment. You can join seminars and workshops organized by any hospital, government or non-government organization in your area. Encourage others to take active part in the celebration of World Diabetes Day as well.

Here are past 5 previous themes for World Diabetes Day:

  • 2015: Healthy Eating
  • 2016: Eyes on Diabetes
  • 2017: Women and diabetes- our right to a healthy future
  • 2018 – 2019: The Family and Diabetes- diabetes concerns every family
  • 2020: The Nurse and Diabete

Facts about diabetes that you might not now

  1. Globally, around 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014 as compared to 108 million in 1980.
  2. Diabetes is a major cause of heart attack, kidney failure, blindness, stroke and lower limb amputation.
  3. Leonard Thompson received the first successful injection of insulin more than 100 years ago.
  4. Beat Diabetes was the theme for 2016 World Health Day celebration.
  5. Frederick Banting received the Nobel Prize at age 32 for his discovery of insulin. He is the youngest Nobel laureate for Physiology/Medicine.


When will the next World Diabetes Day celebrated?

Monday, November 14, 2023

Who started the celebration of World Diabetes Day?

International Diabetes Federation

What is the theme for World Diabetes Day 2023?

World Diabetes Day 2023 will be observed under the theme ‘Access to Diabetes Care’.

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