The World Diabetes
Day sought to raise global awareness to diabetes and its rates of occurrence,
which has been increasing around the world, and how to prevent the disease in
most cases. The world celebrates this Day on November 14th, and this
year's theme is "Go Blue for Breakfast”. This date was set by the
International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO), to
commemorate the birth of Frederick Banting, who contributed with Charles Best in the
discovery of insulin in 1922, noting that this substance has become necessary
for keeping patients with diabetes alive.
The UAE was able to
get out of the list of the most ten countries with diabetes in the world, and ranked
thirteenth globally, according to the findings of the International Diabetes
Federation last year 2013, after it ranked second globally in diabetes prior to
the last two years, and diabetes occurance rate in the State reaches up to
18.98%, and the initial indicators of the study conducted by the Ministry of
Health, in collaboration with the Emirates Diabetes Society and the University
of Sharjah, and other specialized bodies, showed a decline in the disease among
residents of the State.
disease is known medically as the silent killer, it is considered one of the
most influential and damaging non-communicable diseases on the various health,
economic, social, and productivity levels, both for the individual and society,
which called on all concerned and specialized authorities in the State to fight
it and limit its spread, through the implementation of plans, programs and
strategies in the short, medium and long term.
campaign “Diabetes-Knowledge - Action" has been recently implemented,
which is the longest public health awareness campaign in the UAE, and it was organized
by Imperial College London Diabetes Center, wholly-owned by Mubadala Company.
The Campaign came to support following a healthy lifestyle and regulating "Walk"
event, which is held annually as part of the award-winning awareness campaign
about diabetes "Diabetes-Knowledge-Action".
It is noteworthy
that the UAE leadership, represented by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
Al Nahyan, President of the State, exerts efforts and provides enormous
potential for the development of health education in the UAE, recently embodied
by issuing the Cabinet Resolution No. 28 of 2014 by His Highness Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of
Dubai, on the establishment of the National Institute for Health Specialties, under
the UAE University, which seeks to raise the level of awareness of higher
medical education and specialized training programs that help develop health
care, as well as organizing specialized
training and providing the steps and processes, to ensure the preservation of
the quality of clinical education.
Fatima College of
Health Sciences has been recently commended by the Minister of Commerce in
Sweden for its higher program in diabetes, which is implemented by the College,
in collaboration with Malmö University, and Lund University in Sweden, where their
faculty members are committed to the implementation and the teaching of this
program, through which they focus on the health care of diabetics and the related
health and medical complications of the disease.
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