29. Nov 2019

15th Global Diabetes Walk inspires events large and small

The 15th anniversary Walk was a great success thanks to the hard work of 161 organisers around the globe.
A yoga and physical activity event in Uttar Pradesh drew 15,000 enthusiastic participants.

The 2019 Global Diabetes Walk again broke records, this time in participation. Organisers held more than 2,600 events in 69 countries, and a record 1.2 million people* joined them, taking steps to prevent diabetes in groups large and small around the globe.

Just over 1 million* of this year’s participants were involved in the remarkable Jain Hospital campaign, which rolled out across 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh, India, from 14-19 November. Just one of the campaign’s many events – a yoga and physical activity even at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, drew 15,000 enthusiastic participants. 

WDF also had the pleasure of working with Lutfudin Osmani, an energetic new organiser in Afghanistan, and Sofia Cabral, who organised what may have been the year’s smallest walk in Argentina. And we mustn’t forget Mohamed Gedi, who again used sporting events to great effect in Somalia…

In fact, WDF thanks each and every organiser for making the 15th anniversary of the Global Diabetes Walk a year to remember.

The 2019 Walk in Afghanistan.
Walks in Africa
74 Walks were held with more than 52,590 participants in 19 countries (Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe). The biggest Walks took place in Somalia, with 10,000 participants spread across 3 massive Walk events organised by Somali Diabetes Management and Information Centre – a continuing supporter of the Walk campaign. 

Walks in Europe
294 Walks were held with 44,193 participants in 15 countries (Armenia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and Uzbekistan). The biggest Walks took place in Georgia, with 248 Walks and 30,000 participants organised by Georgia Red Cross Society - it is the largest number of Walks organised by one organiser in Europe to date.

Walks in Middle East and North Africa
32 Walks were held 23,390 participants in 6 countries (Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates). The biggest Walk event took place in United Arab Emirates with more than 10,000 participants organised by Imperial College London Diabetes Centre.

Walks in North America and Caribbean
23 Walks were held with 6,590 participants in 7 countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Mexico, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago). The biggest Walks took place in Mexico, Salomón Padilla Garfias organised two massive Walks gathering 3,500 participants.  

Walks in South and Central America 
75 Walks were held with 26,400 participants in 11 countries (Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela). The biggest Walk took place in Colombia, where Fundación Vida Nueva organised a massive Walk event in Barranquilla with 10,000 participants.  

Walks in South East Asia
2,155 Walks were held with 1,066,475 participants in 6 countries (Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Philippines). The biggest Walks took place in India, with Jain Hospital attracting 1 million participants to 2,075 Walk events across Uttar Pradesh. 

Walks in Western Pacific
15 Walks were held with 25,680 participants in 7 countries (Australia, China, Fiji, Malaysia, Thailand, Tonga, and Vietnam). The biggest Walk took place in Vietnam, where Vietnam Diabetes Educators Association organised 3 walks with 10,000 participants.

If you organised a Walk, but still haven’t registered – or need to update your Walk registration - please contact Kristoffer Malmros Kretzmann.

* The Jain campaign results are still tentative - this article will be updated with final numbers when they are available.