On November 14, many around the world will pause to mark World Diabetes Day. This year’s theme is The Family and Diabetes – and it is wisely chosen, I believe. Decades of work with anthropology and healthcare have convinced me that diabetes is truly a family issue.
Tucked in between Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal, the Himalayan state of Sikkim includes India’s highest mountain, glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Its 610,000 residents also have one of India’s highest rates of diabetes and hypertension.
It’s a warm weekday afternoon in Myaung Tagan, and midwife Daw Khin Ohnmar Htoon is back in her home village. But she’s very much at work – dressed in her red and white uniform, with her NCD bag in hand, she’s here to check on her neighbours’ health.
On 27 September, the United Nations General Assembly is staging the third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will undertake a comprehensive review of progress achieved in protecting people from dying too young from NCDs.
From May 30-June 6, 1,000 young leaders from more than 100 countries met in Singapore for the second UNLEASH Innovation Lab. Selected for their passion, intelligence, and creativity, they were tasked with finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems.
Below is a list of the new partnership projects that received WDF funding in the first six months of 2018. (Several advocacy projects also received funding during this period; these are not listed.)
New projects signed in first half of 2018
The idea –to provide quality eye care to rural residents with diabetes- was simple. But realising it, given the infrastructure and connectivity woes of rural India, was no easy task.
More than 60% of adults in Egypt are overweight, and half of those qualify as obese. In Myanmar, the highest rate of death for those 15-29 is roadside accidents. In the Philippines, more than 7 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B, resulting in an astonishingly high cancer rate. In many parts of India, young women lack opportunities and lack safe spaces for exercise.
An unprecedented 66 million people worldwide have been forced from their homes - the highest levels of displacement on record, according to the UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). An estimated four million of them have diabetes.