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To defeat diabetes, start with the family

Meal preparation in India, where mothers-in-law traditionally have considerable say over household matters. Photos courtesy of WDF.
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.

ASHAs tackle sky-high diabetes rates in the Himalayas

ASHAs at work in Sikkim. ‘They are able to do things that more highly trained professionals may not have the time or access to do,’ says Dr Nerges F Mistry.
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.

Why talk about NCDs? Film series explores what’s at stake

Dr Kaushik Ramaiya explores the need to increase NCD awareness in developing countries – one of nine topics explored in WDF’s #LetsTalkNCDs film series.
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.

After UNLEASH, efforts to defeat NCDs continue

Mamadou Sy (second from left) and Josianne Galea Baron (far right) with team members at the second UNLEASH Innovation Lab.
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. 

WDF funds 24 new projects in first half of 2018

Members of A.MA.DIA, WDF’s partner in Madagascar, during a 2016 outing. A new A.MA.DIA project is among those that received funding in the first half of 2018.

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



At UNLEASH, youth pitch new ways to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

An idea for safe, affordable fitness classes for Indian women was among UNLEASH 2018’s big winners.
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.

WDF and IDF launch effort to improve diabetes care for displaced people

The campaign is supported by infographics explaining the link between diabetes, displaced people and the SDGs.
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.