World Diabetes day 14th November 2019

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is a chance to celebrate how far we’ve come in research and look ahead to see what more can be done to raise awareness of the effects of diabetes and the actions patients and families can take to reduce its impact.

WDD was created in 1991 as an initiative to raise awareness of the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. In 2006, WDD became an official United Nations Day and the 14 November, is the birthday of Sir Fredrick Banting a renowned medical scientist, who co-discovered insulin in 1922, along with Charles Best.

The WDD campaign, founded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF), aims to be a platform to promote the work of IDF, and to promote the importance of taking actions to confront diabetes as a global health issue.

Many BIA members are actively involved in diabetes research. One example is Arecor – a leader in the field that is developing a portfolio of proprietary products for diabetes care. They have recently signed a joint research, development, and commercialisation agreement with JDRF, the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes. The next generation of diabetes products developed by Arecor include Ultra-Rapid Acting Insulin, Stable Aqueous Glucagon, and Ultra-Concentrated Rapid Acting Insulin.

JDRF is a previous BIA charity of the year, and we along with Arecor helped to produce a video which focused on type one diabetes. Fitting with this year’s theme for WDD, Family and Diabetes, –  the video focuses on Simon Vinnicombe whose son George has type one diabetes, as he discusses the potential impact for patients.