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Access to Essential Care — WDD 2023

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By Mercy Kelani

WHO will emphasize the need for equitable access to essential care.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) gives an opportunity to create awareness on the sickness as a global Public Health concern. It is also commemorated to reflect on solutions that need to be provided and things that should be done, both individually and collectively. This will aid better prevention, diagnosis and management of the ailment. The theme for the 2023 commemoration of the Day is “Access to Essential Care”. During the celebration this year, there will be highlights by the World Health Organization (WHO).

During the World Diabetes Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) will emphasize the need to ensure equitable access to essential care. This will include creation of awareness on means through which people who have been diagnosed of the condition can reduce their risk of complications. Activities that would take place would also recognize the experiences of people who have all forms of this condition to support those who are ready to take action, while seeking and receiving essential care.

The importance of being aware of one’s risk of type 2 diabetes.

From 2021-2023, the theme for World Diabetes Day focuses on “Access to Diabetes Care.” Millions of people, who have been diagnosed with the condition, around the world lack access to diabetes care. People with this ailment need continuous care and help for the management of their condition, so as to avoid complications. There is not enough time to wait for the availability of medicine, support, technologies and care to everyone with the condition who needs them.

Likewise, governments can no longer be waited upon for an increment in diabetes care and prevention Investment. This year, the focus of the campaign is on the importance of being aware of one’s risk of type 2 diabetes. This will help in the delay or prevention of the condition. Another focus of the campaign is on the emphasis of the impact of diabetes-related complications and the significance of having access to the right information, as it will ensure early treatment and management.

Health professionals need sufficient training and resources.

Globally, 1 in 10 adults have this ailment, and more than 90 percent of them have type 2 diabetes. However, about half of them are yet to be diagnosed. Type 2 diabetes and the complications that accompany it can be prevented or delayed through the adoption and maintenance of healthy habits. However, without early detection and treatment, the disease could cause severe life-threatening complications. It is very paramount that people at risk of this ailment know their risk.

It is also necessary to do what is required towards the support of prevention, timely diagnosis and early treatment. For people living with the condition, awareness and access to the right information, best medicines and tools available to contribute to self-care is important in the delay and prevention of complications. For those who are health professionals, there is a need for sufficient training and resources for early detection of complications and provision of the best possible care.

To manage the condition, physical activity is important.

Furthermore, the slogan for the 2023 campaign is “Know your risk, Know your response”. World Diabetes Day is an international occasion on which health professionals, diabetic patients, diabetes advocates, the general public, media and government organisations come together to create awareness on diabetes. To manage the condition, physical activity is important. The participation of people in the preparations for the Day is likewise significant to the success of the campaign. Also, the official colour for the World Diabetes Day is “Blue”.


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