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First United Nations World Diabetes Day Unites Global Diabetes Community to Fight the Epidemic
Date:11/13/2007

seases including diabetes.

While the passage of the Resolution has created great political momentum, significant financial resources will be required to address the diabetes epidemic meaningfully. Recognizing this need, the International Diabetes Federation is exploring the possibility of establishing a global financing facility for diabetes, based on an analysis of existing global health financing mechanisms and consultations with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Wrapping up the press conference, Dr Silink emphasized that: "A fully implemented national plan to treat and prevent diabetes should be a right for everyone. It is time," continued the IDF President "to make a significant difference for the 246 million people living with diabetes and to introduce effective strategies for the prevention of diabetes itself."

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The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 200 member associations in more than 160 countries, representing almost 250 million people with diabetes, their families, and their healthcare providers. The mission of the IDF is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. Its main activities include education for people with diabetes and healthcare professionals, public awareness campaigns and the promotion and exchange of information. IDF is a non-governmental organization in official relations with WHO and associated to the United Nations' Department of Public Information. For more information, please visit http://www.idf.org.

Introduced by IDF and the World Health Organization in 1991, World Diabetes Day has been celebrated by diabetes representative organizations worldwide ever since. The date of 14 November was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, along
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