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12 December: International Universal Health Coverage Day

Every year 12 December is celebrated as International Universal Health Coverage Day across the world, as an annual rallying point for the growing movement for health for all. The day is promoted by World Health Organization (WHO).

About Universal Health Coverage Day

Objective: To raise awareness of need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners.

Why this day? The day marks the anniversary of United Nations’ historic and unanimous endorsement of universal health coverage (UHC) and providing affordable, quality health care in 2012. Later, on 12 December 2017, UN proclaimed 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) by resolution 72/138.

Theme for UHC Day 2019 campaign: ‘Keep the promise.’ The theme has been chosen following the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage on 23 September 2019, where world leaders endorsed the most comprehensive and ambitious political declaration on health in history. This year’s theme seeks to keep leaders, our health systems and ourselves accountable to promise of health for all.

Each year on 12 December, universal health coverage (UHC) advocates raise their voices to share stories of millions of people still waiting for health, champion what world have achieved so far, call on leaders to make bigger and smarter investments in health, as well as encourage diverse groups to make commitments to help move world closer to UHC by 2030.

NOTE: Universal health coverage (UHC) has been included in United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals for year 2015-2030.

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14 November: World Diabetes Day

Every year 14 November is observed as World Diabetes Day (WDD), a primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes. The need to create a day for the awareness of diabetes came in response to growing concerns about escalating health threats due to diabetes. As of now about 21,463 people have tested their risk of type 2 diabetes and despite such a high number of people suffering from it, there is little awareness about the condition and its effect on everyday life.

About World Diabetes Day

Background: The World Diabetes Day was created by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991, to create awareness about diabetes among common people. The day 14 November also marks the birth anniversary of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. While WDD was first created in 1991, the day became official United Nations Day in 2006.

Objective: To provide a platform to promote International Diabetes Federation (IDF) advocacy efforts throughout the year.

Symbol: WDD campaign is represented by a blue circle logo on a white background– the blue circle stands as the global symbol for diabetes awareness. The symbol was adopted after UN passed a resolution on diabetes in year 2007.

2019 Theme: Family and Diabetes. It focuses on raising awareness of impact that diabetes has on family and support network of those affected with the disease.

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