World Diabetes Day

What is World Diabetes Day!

World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes and is held on November 14 of each year. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world. World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the campaigns last the whole year, the day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

Each year, World Diabetes Day is centered on a theme related to diabetes. Topics covered have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, diabetes and obesity, diabetes in the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, diabetes in children and adolescents. The theme of 2015 is “Diabetes and Healthy Eating”.

World Diabetes Day Events:

Qatar Diabetes Association celebrates the World Diabetes Day in conjunction with the rest of the world, WDD marks the 14th November of each year, the following are some of the programs carried out by QDA or participate as a team member with other respectful partners:

World Diabetes Day Walkathon at Aspire Park: 13th Nov. 2015
The Qatar Diabetes Association in collaboration with Landmark Group organizes an awareness walkathon in addition to blood sugar tests, and nutrition counseling in a huge event every year in Doha.

Date: Fri. 13th November 2015.
Time: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gathering Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: Aspire Park, around the lack (Click the link to download the map of the place)

Walk length: Approximately 1 km (Around the lake)

The participants will be provided with t-shirts, caps, healthy snacks and water for free at the event.

Maersk oil and QP challenge: 14 – 15th Nov. 2015


30 teams will compete against each other over 2 exhilarating days and 4 stages in the Sealine Beach Resort on the 14th & 15th November. To win the event, teams will need to combine mental agility with strong physical performance and great team work. Participants will find themselves orienteering by GPS, completing construction projects, navigating in the desert at night and solving complex team problems. For those who participated last year there will be new testing tasks to complete and an increased strategy element to ensure that the event provides a fresh challenge. Overnight camping accommodation, meals and in-country transportation will be provided.

Diabetes is serious, but it can be managed and prevented. Action on Diabetes is helping the Qatari authorities tackle the rise of diabetes in Qatar by raising awareness and helping with lifestyle changes. Each stage of the Maersk Oil and QP Challenge is themed around one of the key lifestyle issues of diabetes raising awareness for participating teams.  In addition, the event will generate essential funds to support Action on Diabetes.

All proceeds raised by participants of this team challenge event will be donated to Qatar’s Action on Diabetes partnership, thereby generating vital funds to support diabetes research, education and awareness programmers.
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