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1.The mission of the WHO Diabetes Program is to prevent diabetes whenever possible and, where not possible, to minimize complications and maximize quality of life.
2.The core functions of the WHO Diabetes Program are:
To oversee the development and adoption of internationally agreed standards and norms for the diagnosis and
treatment of diabetes, its complications and risk factors.
To promote and contribute to the surveillance of diabetes, its complications and mortality, and its risk factors.
To contribute to building capacity for the prevention and control of diabetes.
To raise awareness about the importance of diabetes as a global public health problem.
To act as an advocate for the prevention and control of diabetes in vulnerable populations.
Diabetes Action Now is a joint program of the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation which provides information and tools to support the implementation of the Diabetes Program.
It is supported by a World Diabetes Foundation Grant to IDF and WHO funds for an initial period of three years.
The overall goal is to raise awareness about diabetes and its complications, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, and to stimulate effective measures for the surveillance, prevention and control of diabetes.
Key areas of activity for Diabetes Action Now
Work to achieve a major increase in awareness about diabetes, its complications, and its prevention, particularly among health policy makers in low- and middle-income countries and communities
initiate and support projects to generate and widely disseminate new knowledge on awareness about diabetes and its economic impact in low- and middle-income communities produce and widely disseminate a new scientifically-based review on the prevention of diabetes and the complications of diabetes produce up-to-date, practical guidance for policy makers in low- and middle-income countries on the contents, structure and implementation of national diabetes programs provide and maintain a web-based resource to help policy makers implement national diabetes programs
World Diabetes Day is in November of each year. This is a day set aside to bring awareness to diabetes worldwide.